President Obama Signs TSCA Reform Bill

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which is the first major update of U.S. chemical regulation law in 40 years. The new law makes important revisions to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which has been the U.S.’s primary law regulating the many chemicals produced for industrial purposes, consumer products, and other uses. Modified microorganisms developed for the production of fuels or chemicals may be covered under EPA regulations that are based on authority under TSCA, and my most recent blog post contains a summary of how this new law will affect EPA’s biotechnology regulations. More information about the law can be found on EPA’s website.

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