Statements and Speeches

Hearing Statement: Business Meeting - S. 847, Safe Chemicals Act of 2011

Environment and Public Works Committee

Jul 26 2012

WASHINGTON - Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety, released the following statement following the Environment and Public Works Committee business meeting, which addressed the bill, S. 847, "Safe Chemicals Act of 2011."

"Today, I voted to move forward with reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). It has been more than 40 years since we have updated our nation's chemical safety laws, and that is far too long when you consider how much more we use and manufacture chemicals today and how much more we know today about how these chemicals interact with our natural and human environments. This bill is Senator Lautenberg's fourth attempt at TSCA reform since 2005, and I believe it is an important step forward in the process to modernize TSCA.

"In November 2011, this Committee held a legislative hearing on the Safe Chemicals Act. At that time, we heard from witnesses about their concerns with the legislation. Over the last several months, Senator Lautenberg and his staff have worked to address several of these areas of concern, and the bill that was passed out of Committee today makes changes to the original legislation, showing that meaningful progress can be made to achieve consensus on this important issue.

"One of my core values is, if it is not perfect, make it better. We still have a lot of work to do to improve the Safe Chemicals Act so that it can garner the bipartisan support needed for the bill to become law. That being said, I do not believe in putting off for tomorrow what we can do today, and passing the Safe Chemicals Act out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is an important step forward in the process to reform TSCA. I will continue to work with my colleagues on this Committee and in the Senate to further improve this bill in the months ahead, and with the numerous stakeholders who share my view that our nation's chemicals' policy is an issue of chief importance."