Richard Denison, Ph.D., is a Lead Senior Scientist.
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[UPDATE 5-17-15: 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. 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. UPDATE 5-28-15: The legislation was formally introduced as H.R. 2576 on May 26, 2015. The new versions made no significant changes to the testing provisions discussed below.]
While most of the attention around legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) has focused on the issue of preemption, it’s important not to lose sight of how new legislation would address fundamental problems in the current law. This post will be the first in a series examining flaws in TSCA and how recent bipartisan reform proposals would address them.
The Lautenberg Act, S. 697, is the bipartisan TSCA reform legislation introduced in the Senate in March. A bipartisan process has also begun in the House, leading to last week’s release of a discussion draft of “The TSCA Modernization Act of 2015.” In this series of posts, I’ll describe how each of these legislative vehicles would address the specific problematic area of the current law I’m discussing.
First up, EPA testing authority. Read More
Jennifer McPartland, Ph.D., is a Health Scientist.
New approaches for evaluating chemical hazard and risk are needed to help address substantial data gaps that exist for the thousands of chemicals currently in the marketplace as well as those yet to be introduced. EPA has been investing significant resources to create research programs dedicated to advancing new types of chemical testing and assessment approaches. But what exactly are these approaches? How might they improve the practice of risk assessment? Are they appropriate for decision-making, and if so, what kinds of decision making? What role does the public interest community have to play?
To explore these and other important issues, EDF’s Health Program has launched a website, “Chemical Testing in the 21st Century,” that provides an introduction to these new approaches and the programs the EPA has built around them—including their potential uses, benefits and limitations. The website includes the following informational resources:
- Chemical Testing in the 21st Century: A Primer – An introduction to EPA’s Computational Toxicology (CompTox) research initiative and its component programs, such as ToxCast; a discussion of the opportunities and challenges of these new testing programs; and a discussion of issues and needs for greater engagement by the public interest community.
- Chemical Testing in the 21st Century: Webinar Series – Linked audio and video recordings of each of EDF’s three webinars (held in October) featuring EDF and EPA scientists exploring the basics of EPA’s new testing programs and the promises and challenges they present.
We will soon be adding a page with descriptions of and links to additional resources.