Within the next few years, it is anticipated that the United States Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TCSA) will be reformed. This will be the first major environmental law enacted by the U.S. Congress since the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. Several bipartisan bills have been proposed in both the House and the Senate over the past few years, and reform has the support of industry and non-governmental public interest organizations. However, there is a great deal of debate about a wide variety of issues concerning how the new legislation should go about reforming TSCA.
In 2010, our group began a research project to evaluate the European Union’s REACH Regulation to determine what lessons could be learned from the first few years of REACH implementation for TSCA reform. Since then, we have engaged in several other research projects on various aspects of chemicals regulation, all with the goal of informing the TSCA debate—this research will remain relevant even after a new bill is enacted.