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The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is a federal statute that provides the U. S. EPA with the authority to carry out a number of essential functions, including gathering information about, and regulating, chemicals.

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. This law updates TSCA for the first time since the law was first adopted in 1976. It is expected to lead to a variety of changes in chemical regulation across the United States.

For a copy of the Lautenberg Act, a summary of key provisions, and other information, see the U. S. EPA website.

TURI has prepared two educational documents about the Lautenberg Act. The first is a brief overview.

The second is a fact sheet on preemption provisions in the Lautenberg Act.

Those interested in the history of the bill may wish to review a table posted by the Environmental Commissioners' Organization of States (ECOS) comparing earlier House and Senate versions of the bill to the final legislation. This table focuses on the elements of the legislation that were of particular interest to state agencies.