House committee to discuss draft chemical reform bill

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a legislative hearing next week to discuss the draft of a House bill to reform the nation’s toxic chemical laws.

The TSCA Modernization Act aims to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, which is widely viewed as unenforceable.  Lawmakers have already introduced two competing bills to reform the decades-old law in the Senate. Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerFirst senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid Bass receives endorsement from EMILY's List Bass gets mayoral endorsement from former California senator MORE (D-Calif.) and Edward MarkeyEd MarkeyEquilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Pledged money not going to Indigenous causes Senate Democrats call on Biden to push for COVID-19 vaccine patent waivers at WTO The Hill's Morning Report - Ins and outs: Powell renominated at Fed, Parnell drops Senate bid MORE (D-Mass.) are behind the Alan Reinstein and Trevor Schaefer Toxic Chemical Protection Act while Sens. Tom UdallTom UdallRubio vows to slow-walk Biden's China, Spain ambassador nominees Senate confirms Thomas Nides as US ambassador to Israel Flake, Cindy McCain among latest Biden ambassadors confirmed after delay MORE (D-N.M.) and David VitterDavid Bruce VitterBiden inaugural committee to refund former senator's donation due to foreign agent status Bottom line Lysol, Charmin keep new consumer brand group lobbyist busy during pandemic MORE are pushing a bill named after the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg. The fight has been heated at times with Boxer and Markey accusing Udall and Vitter of letting industry daft their legislation, which they argue gives the EPA the authority to regulate any of the 84,000 chemicals in commerce. 

The House bill according to the committee chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) would provide a new system by which the Environmental Protection Agency can evaluate risks associated with chemicals already on the market.

“The TSCA Modernization Act is an effort that everyone should be able to get behind as reforming the law is a win-win for safety and our economy,” ” Shimkus said in the release. “I appreciate my colleagues’ willingness to come to the table and work together on this important issue and I’m more hopeful than ever that we can achieve bipartisan success.” 

EPA Administrator Jim Jones is expected to testify at Tuesday’s hearing.