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ASTHO Signs Joint Letter with NGA, NCSL, and ECOS on TSCA Reform

On Feb. 12, ASTHO, NGA, NCSL, and ECOS sent a joint letter to Congress regarding efforts to reform the 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. The letter reaffirmed the recommendations found in previous correspondence from the respective organizations and urged thoughtful consideration to the perspectives of the states.

Over the past 30 years states have played, and continue to play, an important role where federal action has been delayed or absent. The letter goes on the state that TSCA reforms should preserve states’ authority to develop and implement chemical safety standards when appropriate. The ability of states to develop and impose standards pending final EPA rules on some or all of the substances addressed by TSCA should be maintained.