Bill to boost chemical safety may burden manufacturers

Congress has introduced the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010 (H.R. 5820), an update of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. It calls for all chemicals to be reviewed for safety. Dangerous chemicals will be restricted or eliminated and safer chemicals will be developed. The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates says the legislation would "hamper innovation and impose stringent regulatory burdens on batch, specialty and custom chemical manufacturers." Act announcement | Act summary | SOCMA release