ACC's Dooley pans proposed chemical safety standard


Cal Dooley, president of the American Chemistry Council, says the new chemical safety standard -- in the bill introduced in late July in Congress to reform how chemicals are managed in the U.S. -- would create a burden “that would be almost impossible to meet” and that the reform bill has “some significant flaws” that would jeopardize the industry’s ability to innovate and be a leader in product development.

“We have made reform and modernization of the Toxic Substances Control Act one of our highest priorities,” for the past two years, said Dooley of Arlington-based ACC in a teleconference July 28 in advance of his testimony before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection July 29. “But while this legislation [the bill introduced last week by U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.] has made some improvements over a discussion draft, we still think that it has significant flaws that need to be modified to ensure that we can continue” to provide safe chemicals “and be leaders in innovation.”

That view of HR 5820 is shared by many business associations, including the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates and the...
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