US Senate and House of Representatives have come to agreement on legislation on the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) that will revamp the laws overseeing toxic chemicals, and allowing around 64,000 chemicals to be regulated for the first time. As a law firm handling products liability cases and representing people afflicted with asbestos, tobacco and chemical caused diseases, we have followed this legislation. The original “reform” bill actually undercut the rights of consumers and workers exposed to dangerous chemicals. Hard work by many improved the legislation but did not make it all it could have been.
There is still work to be done to protect consumers from dangerous and toxic chemicals, but this is a step in the right direction.