In the the first major update to an environmental statute in 20 years, President Barack Obama on June 22 signed into law H.R. 2576 – the “Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act” – which modernizes the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
TSCA was first passed in 1976 to help keep dangerous chemicals off the market and avoid making consumers and employees sick. It particularly focused on chemicals that were known to cause serious health impacts, such as cancer, birth defects and reproductive harm.
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