White House Administration
"The bill is a clear improvement over the current TSCA and represents a historic advancement for both chemical safety and environmental law. Consistent with the Administration's 2009 Principles for TSCA Reform, the Senate Amendment to H.R. 2576 would address flaws in current law that have limited the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) ability to protect public health and the environment from chemical risks."
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
"This commonsense reform of TSCA will now provide regulatory certainty across America that will support the creation of more than 700,000 new jobs and more than $293 billion in permanent new domestic economic output by 2023."
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), Lead Democrat Sponsor of S.697
"When the ink dries on his signature, we will put 40 years of broken law behind us. It is a historic step forward that will improve the health and safety of every American family."
Dr. Richard Denison, Lead Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
"While not perfect, the Lautenberg Act fixes the biggest problems with our current law…We look forward to seeing the president sign this landmark reform, so we can begin the process of restoring confidence in our chemical safety system."
U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), Lead Republican Sponsor of S.697
"Cynics will say there’s no bipartisanship in Washington - well, today, we’ve proved them wrong. As of today, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is officially the law of the land, and the American people, the chemical industry, and our public health and safety will all benefit for it."
Cal Dooley, President and CEO, American Chemistry Council
"Reforming TSCA has been ACC’s top priority since 2008. For the past three years, ACC and our coalition partners, the American Alliance for Innovation (AAI), have worked together to support bipartisan efforts to modernize TSCA in a way that ensures smart, effective chemical regulation."
U.S. Reps. Dan Lipinski (IL-03) and John Moolenaar (MI-04), Co-chairs of the Congressional Chemistry Caucus
"Chemistry is vital for our quality of life and economic growth, and reforming TSCA is essential to guaranteeing that the chemical and materials industry in the U.S. will continue to grow in a manner consistent with our human health and environment."
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee
"This bill was the most difficult bill I have ever worked on. Finally, we have a product that is better than current law and worthy of Frank Lautenberg’s name."
North America’s Building Trades Unions
The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act will go a long way towards protecting workers who are exposed to potentially dangerous chemicals on the job, while at the same time providing greater clarity and certainty for America’s chemical industry which, in turn, will enable them to increase domestic manufacturing here in the United States and produce well-paid, middle class American jobs.
Society of Toxicology
"SOT believes the bill contains strong, objective, scientific underpinnings and will protect public health for years to come. We are heartened to see the inclusion of sound toxicological principles and risk concepts, including an emphasis on exposure as well as hazard, in the bill."
U.S. Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA), Ranking Member of U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight
"This legislation represents the kind of bipartisan commitment, married with compromise, that yields important, long-lasting policy improvement. I am proud to have worked alongside this bipartisan group of lawmakers who rolled up their sleeves to reconcile two bills into one final product that I believe will protect the health and safety of the people of Massachusetts and the entire country."
Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO, Humane Society of the United States
"These reforms improve the science behind chemical testing, require better safety decisions to protect the environment and human health, and reduce the terrible suffering animals endure through dosing them with these poisoning substances."
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)
"Congressional approval of this bipartisan chemical safety law is a major victory for our state and for the legacy of Sen. Frank Lautenberg who championed this fight…Despite long odds and difficult challenges, common sense and finding common ground won the day."
U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06)
"Senator Frank R. Lautenberg worked tirelessly to remove toxic chemicals from the products millions of American families use every day and we honor his memory with this bipartisan legislation. It is a long-overdue step forward to protect families and communities from toxic substances."
Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President, March of Dimes
"Today, our nation takes a major step toward protecting pregnant women, infants and children by understanding the risks that certain chemicals may pose and taking steps to reduce them. Future generations will be safer and healthier due to this action."
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of House Energy and Commerce Committee
"This bicameral agreement represents a vast improvement over current law and takes a thoughtful approach to protecting people all across the country from unsafe chemical exposure while setting a new standard for quality regulation. It’s good for jobs, good for consumers, and good for the environment."
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), Chairman of House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Economy and Sponsor of H.R. 2576
"Getting TSCA reform signed into law demonstrates that, when we work together, Congress can still accomplish great things on behalf of the American people. This law will protect consumers and the environment while giving industry the certainty they need to grow and create jobs."
Thomas Connelly Jr., Ph.D., Executive Director and CEO, American Chemical Society
"Chemical regulatory reform is a long-standing priority of the American Chemical Society. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act represents years of careful negotiation, and the Society applauds congressional members and staff for their hard work in bringing this important agreement to fruition."
U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)
"Reaching this historic achievement to overhaul our country’s toxics law was possible only because both sides of the aisle and both chambers of Congress have worked together to compromise on policy without ever compromising our principles."
Jay Timmons, President and CEO, National Association of Manufacturers
"Chemicals are the building blocks for lifesaving products, the newest technologies and everyday products that make life better. By delivering clear, modernized rules, this reform will make it easier for manufacturers to ensure the safety of our products and deliver quality goods to our customers."
U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV)
"The product of months of negotiations, this legislation will protect American families while providing a consistent regulatory framework for businesses and manufacturers across the country."
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV)
"This bill is a remarkable step in the right direction and a testament to the incredible work the Senate can do when we commit to finding bipartisan, commonsense solutions."
Ernie Rosenberg, ACI President & CEO, American Cleaning Institute
"This is an exceptional bipartisan achievement in a time otherwise marked by extreme partisanship."
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
"For the first time, Americans will know that the chemicals they encounter in everyday products are reviewed for their safety. The law also gives much-needed certainty to businesses—like Rhode Island’s Hasbro—which were dealing with a hodgepodge of state chemical safety regulations that makes it difficult to plan and invest."
U.S. Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), Ranking Member of U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health
"Our bipartisan, bicameral proposal will close the gap in the TSCA's shortcomings by requiring the EPA to protect our most vulnerable from unsafe chemicals."
Jason Grumet, President, Bipartisan Policy Center
Both chambers’ overwhelming support for sweeping TSCA overhaul demonstrates that Congress maintains the ability to debate, deliberate, and resolve complex issues even in an election year. After more than a year of tough negotiations, Congress should be commended for completing the first significant update of a major environmental statute in decades.
Steve Pasierb, President & CEO, Toy Industry Association
"This is meaningful legislation that is good for families and our members alike while removing the pressure felt by some state and county legislatures to do something absent federal action."
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
"For decades, the federal government of the most powerful nation in the world has been virtually powerless to protect its own citizens from toxic chemicals in everyday products. Now, finally, we are on the cusp of a momentous change that will do much more to protect the health of every American."
Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund
"With his signature today, President Obama set us on a course for a less toxic America."
Bruce Josten, Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
"This legislation provides the clarity and protections that businesses need to continue growing, innovating, and creating safe products for American consumers. The overwhelming bipartisan support for reforming our nation’s chemical management law, and the nearly unprecedented coalition backing it, shows the significance of this accomplishment."
U.S. Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY)
"After months of hard work and collaboration between both chambers, last night we were able to pass the first major environmental reform bill in two decades…Its passage represents the latest example of how the Senate is back to work for the American people."
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Assistant Minority Leader
"This bipartisan, bicameral agreement significantly strengthens EPA’s ability to protect Illinoisans and all Americans from these harmful substances."
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey
"The legislation signed into law today is aimed at reducing the risks posed by toxic chemicals in the products we buy and the materials we are exposed to every day. We will work closely with both EPA and our state agencies in this mission to protect the public from these dangerous toxics."
U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD), Chairman of U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management, and Regulatory Oversight
"The reforms made by the House and Senate today will help to make sure South Dakotans and all Americans are protected from harmful toxic chemicals. They will also create much-needed regulatory certainty for businesses and manufacturers across the country."
Jessica Sandler, Vice President for Regulatory Testing, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
"This law reflects the transformation in toxicity testing that PETA scientists have worked tirelessly to achieve."
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
"Frank Lautenberg would be proud to see his name on this bipartisan bill that strengthens and improves the Toxic Substance Control Act. It’s a fitting tribute to his legacy that health effects and environmental concerns will be top priorities when evaluating and regulating commercial chemicals found in everyday products."
Dominique Browning, Co-Founder and Senior Director, Moms Clean Air Force
"The new bill is both a health bill and an environmental bill—because these chemicals also enter our air and our waters. It is the result of a decade of work. It is the result of Republicans and Democrats reaching consensus. It is the result of environmentalists and the chemical industry sitting down together to figure out what each group could live with."
U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)
"As home to some of America’s leading chemical manufacturers, Delaware knows firsthand how detrimental our outdated chemical safety laws are on communities and businesses. We now have a bill that will finally ensure Delaware and the country has a regulatory framework that works for the 21st century by protecting human health and the environment, while also providing certainty and predictability for consumers and industry."
U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-AR)
"This legislation will improve public confidence in the safety of chemicals, create regulatory certainty for business and more uniform protections for American families. It allows us to take advantage of advances in technology and research to improve safety for consumers and the environment…Its passage represents the latest example of how the Senate is back to work for the American people."
National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association, and Environmental Council of States
"Over the last several years, our organizations have offered input on TSCA reform, stressing the need to strengthen TSCA while still preserving the ability of states to act when chemicals present serious health and safety concerns to our citizens. We look forward to continuing this collaborative dialogue with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and all stakeholders to ensure that this legislation reaches its full potential."
U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
"This reform bill is a clear improvement over the current law, modernizing the decades-old system regulating chemicals. It addresses fundamental flaws that have hindered the EPA’s ability to protect human health and the environment from chemical risks."
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
"Reform is long overdue, and I am proud to support this bipartisan bill. It’s important that we advance protections for public health and the environment in a way that works for our manufacturing economy."
California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris
"I applaud Congress’ bipartisan effort to update and reform the long-standing Toxic Substances Control Act and thank Senator Barbara Boxer for her advocacy to protect California’s public health and environment."
Kristie Sullivan, M.P.H., Vice President of Toxicology, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
"The policies in this legislation—supported by a broad coalition of stakeholders and legislators—will ensure strong protection of human health and the environment by modernizing toxicity test methods, allowing the Environmental Protection Agency to collect better information more quickly than current tests allow."
U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, and House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone
"Senator Frank Lautenberg dedicated his career to fixing this law, and we honor his memory in this bipartisan legislation bearing his name. It is not the bill Democrats would have written on our own, but it is a long-overdue step forward to protect families and communities from toxic substances."
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA)
"Chemical safety law hasn’t been changed in more than 40 years. As a physician, this is key to protecting worker’s health. Senator David Vitter fought the uphill battle on this and thanks to his work, manufacturers in Louisiana and across the country will have the clarity they need to do business and grow jobs."
Eric R. Byer, President, National Association of Chemical Distributors
"We are pleased to see that lawmakers in both chambers worked across party lines to create a more cohesive federal system for regulating chemicals in the marketplace that gives consumers additional confidence regarding the safety of chemicals while also providing industry and regulators alike with greater regulatory certainty."
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
"Consumers can rest easier, knowing protections are in place that ensure the chemical products we use are safe. This new law will also give Tennessee’s chemical industry, which employs thousands of Tennesseans, the long-overdue clarity it needs to better innovate and create jobs in our 21st century economy."
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
"South Carolina has been home to a manufacturing revolution over the past decade, and by providing regulatory predictability regarding chemicals, we can help ensure that growth continues."
Bob Martinez, International President, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Worker
"Our members in the chemical industry deserve the ability to work without the fear of exposure to known carcinogens and other dangerous or untested chemicals while on the job."
U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR-05), member of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce, and Co-Chair for Administration, Blue Dog Coalition
"Not only will updating this bill provide greater protection for Americans from unsafe chemical exposure, especially to our kids, but it will also provide more certainty in the marketplace to help stimulate innovation and economic growth, while protecting good paying jobs here at home."
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
"Today’s overhaul of this outdated law will protect families and provide certainty to businesses in Michigan and across the country."
Philip K. Bell, President, Steel Manufacturers Association
"The sensible measures contained in this reform will promote the safer, more effective management of chemicals. Regulatory certainty will provide SMA members and other domestic manufacturers with an increased ability to operate, invest, and grow their businesses."
U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)
"I am pleased that Congress has worked in bipartisan fashion to approve these long-overdue reforms to environmental law, while supporting innovation, jobs, and economic opportunities."
Chet Thompson, President, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
"Although not perfect, TSCA reform will modernize our nation's primary law that regulates chemicals in commerce, allowing petrochemical manufacturers to continue making life saving and enhancing devices and medicines in an environmentally and consumer friendly manner."
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
"This landmark law will give the Environmental Protection Agency the authority it needs to ensure that dangerous chemicals aren’t lurking in the everyday goods Americans are buying for themselves and their children. I’m proud Congress took bipartisan action to protect our children."
Collin O’Mara, President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation
"This legislation improves the protections for the health of both the public and the nation’s wildlife, and is a landmark continuation of America’s legacy of environmental protection."
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT)
"This bill’s new health-based safety standard and testing requirements are critical for protecting public health and the environment...I believe that this bipartisan agreement will give the federal government important new tools to more effectively protect American families from harmful chemicals."
U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
"This is a big victory for public health and our environment...This bill is also a fitting testament to the legacy of Senator Lautenberg, who was a fierce advocate for our environment and his home state."
William E. Allmond, Vice President of Government and Public Relations, Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates
"Last night's historic vote is a significant ending and beginning. It ends many years of elusive bipartisan compromise to reform our nation's chemical control law and begins the process of regaining the public's confidence in everyday products made possible by our industry."
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA)
"I was proud to cosponsor this bill when it was before the Senate and even prouder that we sent it to the President today without any dissent. Amid all the partisanship in today’s politics, the good faith shown in this process is a model for legislative cooperation, and I hope it will be repeated."
U.S. Rep. John Carney (D-DE)
"Passing TSCA is a big win for Delaware consumers and Delaware businesses. This legislation will provide clarity to the many innovative companies we’re home to and improve safety standards for products in households around the country."
Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health
"This effort by Congress will provide added protections for people where they live and work and goes a long way toward ensuring good health for Hispanics and all communities."
Linda Lipsen, CEO, American Association for Justice
"As an association of advocates for workers, consumers, and families harmed by toxic chemicals, we support this effort to reform our broken federal chemical regulatory system."
John Mitchell, President and CEO, IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries
"The passage of this legislation is an important success for the industry that will be good for the U.S. economy and the environment."
John Neuffer, President and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association
"This legislation improves chemical safety, protects the environment, and provides the semiconductor industry and other sectors with needed certainty in manufacturing products that drive economic growth."
Rick Helfenbein, President and CEO, American Apparel & Footwear Association
"Passage of this groundbreaking legislation is a significant win for AAFA and our members. As downstream users of chemicals, the apparel, footwear, travel good and textiles industry is committed to making risk-based, informed decisions to protect the health and safety of their consumers and the environment."