SOURCE: National Association of Chemical Distributors

National Association of Chemical Distributors

June 03, 2015 12:10 ET

NACD Praises Progress of TCSA Reform Legislation in Congress

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwired - June 03, 2015) - National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) President Eric R. Byer made the following statement on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce markup of draft legislation that would reform the nearly 40-year-old Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA).

"The House Energy and Commerce Committee's passage out of markup today of H.R. 2576, the TSCA Modernization Act of 2015 that would modernize the way we assess the safety of chemicals, is a critical and much welcomed step in the right direction. After decades of managing chemical safety under an outdated and ineffective law, it is clear to industry and policymakers alike: TSCA is not working.

"Even though there are a few steps remaining in the legislative process, we are confident the provisions of the bill will enhance safety while maintaining America's ability to compete in today's global marketplace. NACD thanks Chairman Upton, Rep. Shimkus, Ranking Member Pallone, and Rep. Tonko for working across party lines to introduce legislation that improves the process for evaluating chemicals without placing unfair burdens on industry. We urge House leadership to quickly bring H.R. 2576 to the floor for a vote so both the House and Senate can begin working together to produce a final version of TCSA reform legislation that carries our chemical management system into the 21st century."

NACD and its nearly 440 member companies are vital to the chemical supply chain providing products to over 750,000 end users. NACD members are leaders in health, safety, security, and environmental performance through implementation of Responsible Distribution, established in 1991 as a condition of membership and a third-party verified management practice. For more information, visit www.NACD.com.

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