President Signs First Major Environmental Reform in More than 25 Years


Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe calls the Toxic Substance Control Act long overdue and also the first major environmental reform to be enacted in over a quarter century.

It is the Frank Lautenberg act nursed through committee by the Senator and others and was signed into law Wednesday by President Obama. It was January 9, 2015 when Inhofe announced TSCA reform at one of his top 5 priorities as Chairman of the committee.

The reforms apply to the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act which had the backing of Democrats and Republican, environmentalists and even industry groups.

Senator Inhofe as chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee praised recent passage by the Senate.

“This historic piece of environmental regulatory reform is a great example of the Republican-led Congress working for the American people by enacting meaningful and commonsense legislation,” he said at the time of the Senate approval.

It is officially known as the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.

“This—law will protect and support millions of domestic jobs and spur economic growth for decades to come by providing regulatory certainty to encourage new manufacturing investment here at home, on American soil,” said the Senator.

He said it will not only strengthen transparency and oversight, but also hold the EPA accountable to Congress and the American people and protect small business from “bureaucratic hurdles and burdensome mandates.”




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