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Maine’s former House speaker urges Congress to update Toxic Substances Control Act

July 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — Appearing before a congressional committee in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Maine’s former House speaker Hannah Pingree told Congress that the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) should be updated, Bangor Daily News reported.

According to Pingree, an overhaul of TCSA, which regulates chemicals in household products, would make it more difficult for chemical companies to fabricate information about chemical safety and would take the burden off states to pass chemical safety laws on their own because of a lack of federal regulation.

“This system has been ineffective since the passage of TSCA in 1976,” said Pingree.

Pingree was one of five witnesses to testify at Tuesday’s hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

A representative of chemical manufacturer Chemtura Corp. told the committee that the TSCA needs to be updated, but the overall system has worked well.

“We believe TSCA should be modernized to be more efficient, to use current scientific technologies, and to reflect our improved understanding of how chemicals interact with the human body and the environment,” said Marshall Moore, director of technology, advocacy and marketing for a division of Chemtura.

The committee is scheduled to vote on an update to the TSCA today.