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ACI release 11.17

November 17, 2011

ACI: More Dialogue Needed to Properly Tackle TSCA

· Group Remains Concerned About Current Bill’s “High Hurdles” to Manufacturing, Innovation

WASHINGTON, D.C., – The American Cleaning Institute (ACI – said today 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.

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.” That bill (S. 847), introduced by subcommittee chair Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), is aimed at updating TSCA.

In a letter to Sen. Lautenberg and Senator James Inhofe (R-OK, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee), ACI President & 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,” wrote Rosenberg. “The Agency needs sufficient information to better inform Agency chemical management and assessment decisions.

“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.

“ACI remains committed to a bipartisan, bicameral dialogue to fashion a reasonable approach to updating TSCA in order to promote the safe use of chemicals; build public confidence in the chemical management system; protect American jobs, and maintain the U.S. global leadership role in chemical innovation.”

ACI’s letter was sent prior to a November 17 Senate hearing to discuss the Safe Chemicals Act.

The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI - formerly The Soap and Detergent Association) is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $30 billion U.S. cleaning products market. ACI members include the formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and oleochemical producers. ACI ( and its members are dedicated to improving health and the quality of life through sustainable cleaning products and practices.