Monday, March 10, 2014

Committee Provides Witness List for TSCA Bill Hearing

The House Energy and Commerce Committee has published a witness list for the Wednesday hearing before it’s Environment and the Economy Subcommittee looking at the discussion draft for a new proposed TSCA replacement bill, the Chemicals in Commerce Act. The witnesses are from an interesting and relatively balanced cross section of public and private organizations that have an interest in chemical safety legislation. I’m assuming that some future hearing will called to get the views of the governmental organizations that will be responsible for implementing the proposed legislation’s requirements.

The witness list incudes

• Michael Belliveau, Environmental Health Strategy Center;
• Beth Bosley, Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates;
• Barry Cik, Companies for Safer Chemicals;
• Connie DeFord, Dow Chemical Company;
• Carolyn Duran, Intel Corporation;
• Mark Duvall, Beveridge & Diamond, PC;
• Anna Fendley, United Steelworkers;
• Roger Harris, National Chemical Distributors Association;
• Phillip J. Landrigan,Ichann School of Medicine at Mount Sinai;
• James Stem, Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Union; and
• Jennifer Thomas, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

The web site also includes a link to the Hearing Memo which includes a section-by-section review of the discussion draft of the proposed bill. There will be inevitable changes to this language before it is even officially introduced, so I’ll wait to do a more detailed review until after it is introduced.

NOTE: There is an odd problem with the actual link on the Committee Repository site. It works but copies of it don’t work. The link I’ve provided does copy; I wish I could explain how I fixed it; it might help someone repair the link on the site.

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