Washington, DC --The American Alliance for Innovation, an alliance of trade associations representing a broad spectrum of the economy, has commented that the current "Safe Chemicals Act" as written, is not the answer to ensuring the "safe use of chemicals, encouraging innovation, and protecting American jobs."
The Alliance, which includes the American Chemistry Council and the Adhesives and Sealants Council, appeared before the full Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health.
In a statement, the group noted appreciation of the efforts of the two chairman to tackle the numerous and complex issues involved with updating the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
It said the recent discussions amongst certain stakeholders were constructive and can help provide a foundation to bring TSCA into the modern world of chemical management.
But while these discussions have led to a greater understanding of the differing viewpoints on important aspects of reforming TSCA, the group said there are "still many serious issues that need to be resolved and much more work to be done."
While the group is not keen on the current form of the Safe Chemicals Act, it said it is, "committed to continuing to work with all stakeholders - regulators, downstream users, raw material suppliers, distributors, retailers, and environmental, consumer, animal welfare and labour groups - to help Congress find the right approach for updating TSCA."