It’s a new year, a new Congress, and possibly a new opportunity for reform of TSCA, the Toxic Substances Control Act. On February 3rd, Senator Lautenberg convened a hearing of the Environment and Public Works’ subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics, and Environmental Health to re-initiate the conversation about reforming the 1976 statute. Last year Sen. Lautenberg, as well as Representaives Waxman and Markey, submitted bills aimed at significantly reforming TSCA for the first time since it became law. If attendance at the hearing is any indication of interest, then the standing room only event—with dozens of others blocked out—should demonstrate that the Senate is seriously considering action.
The hearing coincided with my trip to Washington, D.C. to conduct our fourteenth interview for the TSCA Oral History Project. I spent the afternoon with Victor Kimm, who was present at the beginning of the EPA. Kimm spent several years in Office of Pesticides and Toxic Substances, where he was the Deputy Assistant Administrator and served twice as the Acting Assistant Administrator before departing the Agency and government service in 1994.
On March 3rd, CHF will be bringing the stories we’ve gathered as part of the TSCA Oral History Project to stage. This opportunity will offer others the ability to find out first hand what has happened with the statute over the last thirty five years. The event, “TSCA: From Inception to Reform, A Public Dialogue,” will take place at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Panelists will include: James Aidala, Charles Auer, Charles Elkins, Mark Greenwood, and Glenn Schweitzer. Click to find out more about the event and to learn more about the project.