SOURCE: National Association of Chemical Distributors

National Association of Chemical Distributors

March 10, 2015 14:56 ET

NACD Applauds Toxic Substances Control Act Reform Legislation

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwired - March 10, 2015) - Today, the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) welcomed the bipartisan introduction in the U.S. Senate of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a bill that proposes substantial reforms to the nearly 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Sponsored by Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM), the legislation aims to make significant improvements to the way chemicals are evaluated for safety and establish a federal standard regarding the treatment of chemicals.

NACD and others in the chemical distribution industry provided input to many of the co-sponsors and the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to educate them on the impact certain provisions would have on the industry.

"This bipartisan bill is an important step in modernizing the way we assess the safety of chemicals," stated NACD President Eric R. Byer. "Members of both parties worked tirelessly to produce language that improves the process for evaluating chemicals without placing unfair burdens on industry. Even though there is still much to review, we are hopeful the provisions of the bill will enhance safety while maintaining America's ability to compete in today's global marketplace. NACD thanks Senators Vitter and Udall for their hard work and willingness to work across party lines to introduce legislation that brings about much-needed TSCA reform."

NACD and its nearly 450 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. They make a delivery every six seconds while maintaining a safety record that is more than twice as good as all manufacturing combined. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution. For additional information on our members, their safety record or NACD, visit NACD at www.nacd.com.

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