Beveridge & Diamond

The Kid-Safe Chemicals Act: A Significant Potential Change to the Toxic Substances Control Act

Beveridge & Dimaond, P.C., January 23, 2009

The Kid-Safe Chemicals Act (“KSCA”), which was first introduced to Congress in 2005 and reintroduced largely unchanged in 2008, is a likely vehicle for efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (“TSCA”) and to change United States chemicals policy in the 111th Congress.

This article examines the key provisions of the KSCA and highlights the major proposed changes and their impact on chemical manufacturers. First, the article looks at the background surrounding the development of the KSCA, including three Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) reports requested by Senators Frank Lautenberg, James Jeffords and Patrick Leahy. A more detailed, bullet point analysis of all three GAO Reports has been annexed to this report.  Following this brief examination of the background, the article examines the KSCA proposed amendments in detail. It concludes with a critical analysis of the proposed amendments and a look to the future Congressional debate on TSCA.

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