Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist.
[UPDATE 4-29-15: On April 28, 2015, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed a revised version of the Lautenberg Act out of the committee on a bipartisan 15-5 vote. The new bill made a few revisions to a provision discussed in this post; see update below.]
[UPDATE 5-17-15: On May 14, 2015, the House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy passed a revised version of the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 out of the subcommittee on a bipartisan 21-0 vote. The new draft made a significant revision to one of the provisions discussed in this post; see update dated 5-17-15 below.]
This is the fourth in a series of blog posts looking at less talked-about, but critically important, elements of bipartisan legislative proposals to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This post deals with how EPA would address industry claims for protection of confidential business information (CBI) pertaining to chemicals, and disclosure of CBI to various parties. The discussion is divided into three parts, addressing: (1) CBI claims for chemical identity, (2) access to health and safety information and (3) duration of CBI claims.