Biobased and Renewable Products News: TSCA

June 27, 2013
Boxer Remarks On TSCA
Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) recently made public remarks indicating her intent to move forward with efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA). She has stated that she will hold a hearing on TSCA reform on July 31, 2013, and will focus on reaching consensus between S. 1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013, introduced in May by Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and the late Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and S. 696, the Safe Chemicals Act of 2013, introduced by Senator Lautenberg in April. As we have reported, among ... read more >
June 24, 2013
B2PAC Changes Name to BRAG, Conducts Workshops on TSCA
The Biobased Products Advocacy Consortium (B2PAC) debuted today a new name, logo, and web address to describe more fully and descriptively the wide range of industrial biotechnology products made by its member companies. The consortium is now known as the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group, or BRAG. The new name and logo were previewed last week at the 2013 Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology in Montreal. As has been the consortium's focus from the beginning, BRAG exists so that concerned stakeholders can: help the U.S. ... read more >
June 13, 2013
House Subcommittee Hearing On Title I Of TSCA
On Thursday, June 13, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on the Environment and Economy held a hearing on Title I of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Witness testimony and an archived webcast of the hearing are available online. Witnesses included Kathleen M. Roberts, Vice President of B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (BCCM manages the Biobased Products Advocacy Consortium (B2PAC) and Charles M. Auer of Charles Auer & Associates, LLC, also an affiliate of Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. Other witnesses ... read more >
June 13, 2013
Coalition Proposes Five Changes To Bi-partisan Senate TSCA Legislation, S. 1009
On June 11, a coalition comprised of 30 organizations called Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families issued a statement urging five changes to S. 1009, the bi-partisan Senate legislation to reform TSCA. The statement is available ... read more >
June 6, 2013
Commercializing Renewable Chemicals: What You Need To Know About TSCA Webinar
June 12, 2013, 2:00 - 3:30 (EDT) Biobased Products Advocacy Consortium (B2PAC) and Society for the Commercial Development of Industrial Biotechnology (SCD-iBIO) invite you to participate in this complimentary webinar. RSVP Deadline: June 7, 2013 RSVP to   Renewable chemicals are emerging at a fast pace, paving the way for new, innovative, and sustainable biobased products. A variety of technologies are enhancing the commercial potential of enzymes, new microbes, biomass, and other bio-engineered material, further enabling the commercialization of ... read more >
June 6, 2013
TSCA Reform Legislation
The death of Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) earlier this week could affect the speed with which the bi-partisan Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation, S.1009, that he recently introduced with Senator David Vitter (R-LA) moves forward. Though Senator Lautenberg had championed efforts to reform the 1976 TSCA for more than a decade, passage of S.1009 has been seen as more promising given its bipartisan sponsorship. Critics of the bill have expressed concerns about the bill's noticeable absence of deadlines and funding provisions, as well as its provisions allowing the bill ... read more >
May 30, 2013
TSCA Reform Legislation
We reported last week that on May 22, 2013, Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced a bipartisan bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), S.1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act. The legislation was meant to be a compromise between long time competing proposals to reform TSCA. A detailed analysis of the bill by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C is available online. There are many opportunities for the renewable chemicals community to advocate for its products and the more equitable and efficient review of renewable chemicals under TSCA. B2PAC is ... read more >
May 24, 2013
TSCA Reform
Earlier this week, Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) made a historic announcement that they had come to agreement and introduced legislation to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), S.1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, available online. This joint effort is significant and provides greater odds that TSCA reform may be achieved in this Congress. We are analyzing the bill now for its implications for B2PAC members. Senator Lautenberg's press release on the bill is available online. The release summarizes the bill to: Require Safety Evaluations ... read more >
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