DuPont chief sustainability officer: Toxic Substances Control Act needs to be strengthened (3/12)
March 12, 2010
Congress should modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to strengthen market and public confidence in the U.S. chemical management process and reassert U.S. leadership in global chemicals policies, DuPont Chief Sustainability Officer Linda J. Fisher told members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, according to a DuPont press release.
“A stronger federal regulatory program will build consumer and market confidence in the safety of chemicals, provide greater transparency and certainty and spur growth in the industry,” Fisher said.
Fisher cited the work of the European Union, Canada and other countries that have addressed chemical management modernization. “Thoughtful TSCA regulatory reform can help maintain U.S. leadership and competitiveness in the chemical industry – one of the global economy’s engines for growth,” Fisher said.
DuPont is working collaboratively with non-government organizations, federal legislators, regulators and trade associations, including the American Chemistry Council, on a modernization plan that assures the safe use of chemicals, provides transparency for the public and fosters ongoing innovation by industry.
“This is a complex challenge,” Fisher added. “We stand ready to work with various stakeholders to ensure the United States continues to lead in sensible risk-based and cost-effective environmental policymaking.”