The U.S. Senate tonight passed legislation reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the major law to protect people and the environment from harmful chemicals. The legislation now will be reconciled with a House version passed in June, setting the stage for these critical chemical safety protections to be revised for the first time in nearly 40 years.
Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of National Wildlife Federation, said tonight:
“Loopholes in the Toxic Substances Control Act have allowed chemicals that we all know are unsafe to pollute our waters and harm our wildlife and public health. This bill would address long-standing public health and wildlife concerns, while also setting up a transparent, pragmatic and predictable chemical evaluation process for industry.
“Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) in particular deserve credit for their leadership on this legislation. We’ll keep working with Congress to finalize this bipartisan legislation that represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen protections from the most harmful toxic chemicals we encounter every day.”
Add one of our native plant collections to your garden to help save birds, bees, butterflies, and more. Now available for 20 states with free shipping!Learn More
Hear from champions for greater and safer access to the outdoors as they discuss the potential solutions to address the intersectional issues faced by Black communities.Listen Now
Americans are about to experience a rare phenomenon for the first time in 17 years: the return of Brood X periodical cicadas!Get the Facts
Get quotes now or call (855) 786-0941Get Quotes Now
More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. We're on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.