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ACI: More dialogue needed to properly tackle TSCA

November 17, 2011

WASHINGTON — The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) has said there needs to be additional in-depth dialogue with Congress to appropriately modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the nation’s key chemical control regulation, according to a press release.

During the past several months, ACI has been extensively engaged in stakeholder meetings with staff members of the Senate Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health to discuss the "Safe Chemicals Act," the release stated.

According to the release, in a letter to Senator Lautenberg and Senator James Inhofe (R-OK, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee), ACI President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ernie Rosenberg said improvements in the law should recognize changes in science and technology and advance innovation.

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) needs to take full advantage of information and data in chemical management programs undertaken by other nations. The agency needs sufficient information to better inform agency chemical management and assessment decisions," wrote Rosenberg.

"ACI remains concerned, though, that the whole of S. 847 would create high hurdles to American manufacturing, particularly when it comes to product and process innovations, and ACI suggests development of new legislation. This can occur through the stakeholder process, which has been valuable and constructive for ACI member companies, and the process should continue," Rosenberg added.

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