Rep. Gene Green Urges Support for TSCA Reform
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, Rep. Gene Green (TX-29) stood before the House of Representatives to support H.R. 2576, the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) Modernization Act and called on other Representatives to do the same. TSCA reform has been an ongoing bipartisan effort since the 113th Congress. This legislation would modernize the standards for use and regulation of commercial chemicals, an important issue for the 29th District, which includes several petrochemical plants and surrounding fence line communities along the Port of Houston. He delivered the following remarks:
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of H.R. 2576, the TSCA Modernization Act. I am a proud cosponsor of this bipartisan legislation that will update the Toxic Substances Control Act, our nation’s primary statute regulating the use and safety of commercial chemicals, for the first time since it was enacted in 1976.
“This legislation will directly address many of current TSCA’s biggest flaws, including eliminating the “least burdensome” requirement and explicitly clarifying that the law’s safety standard excludes any consideration of costs.
“This bill would require EPA to consider the risks to vulnerable subpopulations, like children, pregnant women, and workers, and set restrictions, if necessary, to protect them.
“The TSCA Modernization Act will go a long way towards ensuring that all American families—especially the families of chemical facility workers and fence line communities in my district in Houston and Harris County are protected from potentially harmful chemicals and bring needed regulatory clarity to this important sector of our nation’s economy.
“I would like to thank Reps. Shimkus, Tonko, Upton, and Pallone and their staffs for their hard work and willingness to come together and make TSCA reform a reality. I ask colleagues from both sides of the aisle to join us and vote in support of this important legislation.
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker, and I yield the remainder of my time.”