United States President Barack Obama signed into law a new bill that will overhaul the way chemical substances are regulated in the U.S.
The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act updates the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976, which will place stronger regulations on chemicals found in everyday products, from cleansers and paint thinners to detergents and automobiles.
“Seeing this legislation become the law of the land represents the culmination of an incredible journey, Ernie Rosenberg, president and chief executive officer of the American Cleaning Institute, said in a statement. “There is still a great deal of work that lies in front of us to ensure the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) implements this law effectively, fairly and efficiently so that the federal program is once again credible.”
The measure orders the EPA to assess the safety of chemicals in commerce. It also gives the EPA the power to require chemical manufacturers to test their products for possible risks to human health and the environment.