Congress approved a major overhaul of the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) with bipartisan support and has sent the bill to the President on June 14, 2016 for his signature. Once enacted, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) will be empowered to review toxic chemicals already on the market, evaluate new ones, and impose restrictions if any are deemed unsafe.  The bill would clarify an assortment of contradictory state rules, resulting in a streamlined set of federal regulations for manufactures to navigate. The new bill would require the EPA to begin conducting tests on 64,000 chemicals at a pace of 20 chemicals at a time, with a deadline of seven years per chemical. Additionally, the bill would restrict states  from passing new laws regulating chemicals, however will allow those already passed to remain on the books.

Information on the bill may be found here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th- congress/house-bill/2576.