TSCA Reform Bill Becomes Law, Will Promote Use of Alternatives

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TSCA Reform Bill Becomes Law, Will Promote Use of Alternatives

Catherine Sprankle, NICEATM

A bill signed into law June 22 by President Obama updates the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2576) provides the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the authority and a consistent source of funding to evaluate chemicals on the basis of health risks. The new law also includes language that requires EPA to develop a plan to promote the use of alternative methods that reduce, refine, or replace vertebrate animal testing and include in that plan a list of acceptable alternative methods.
The highlights of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act were outlined in a blog post by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. A news release from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine summarizes aspects of the bill relevant to alternative methods development.

Catherine Sprankle
Catherine Sprankle
Communications Specialist for NICEATM