For the last few years Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ) has been leading the charge to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and he has introduced a bill once again that would do just that. The “Safe Chemicals Act of 2013” would modernize TSCA and give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the necessary tools to assess and manage chemicals. The legislation is identical to that which passed the Senate Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Committee last year. Highlights of the bill include allowing EPA to secure health and safety information for new and existing chemicals, while avoiding duplicative testing, require risk management of chemicals that cannot be proven safe, establish a public database to detail the health and safety information submitted by chemical manufacturers, and to promote innovation and development of safe chemical alternatives. The legislation already has 28 cosponsors.