Bethesda, Maryland – The US Adhesive and Sealant Council took its message on the need for bipartisan reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (ToSCA) to Democrat Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Kay Hagan (D-NC).
The meetings took place as ASC's 113th Congress opened. They were part of an effort by American Alliance for Innovation (AAI), a broad coalition of groups interested in chemicals management policy as regulated by T0SCA to educate legislators about the importance of the legislation keeping pace with advances in science and technology. ASC is a charter member of AAI.
In the discussion with both Senate staffs, ASC emphasised that ToSCA's complexity will require that all concerned parties find common ground in modernising the legislation.
ASC also stressed that ToSCA reform legislation proposed in the previous Congress either did not address critical issues regarding chemical assessments or took a step backwards from the existing ToSCA law.
"Everyone agrees that establishing a modernised ToSCA program is critical because the absence of action throws these activities into the state legislatures and regulatory agencies," said Mark Collatz, ASC's director of Government Relations, in an ASC press statement.
"Without bipartisan action by Congress, we are likely to end up with a patchwork of requirements for managing chemicals that ultimately will inflict harm on US manufacturing and result in job losses."