On Aug. 28, The Toy Association’s Alan Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs, met with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler and Alexandra Dunn, assistant administrator at the U.S. EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, to discuss a requested risk management rule that is viewed as a necessary action to implement the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.
The Lautenberg Act was signed into law in 2016 to amend and update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) of 1976 that regulates the use of new and existing chemicals used in manufacturing.
Earlier this year, The Toy Association joined The American Coatings Association, The National Association of Home Builders, The National Association of Manufacturers, and The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in crafting a petition asking the EPA to enact a rule that “would ensure procedural consistency, guidance, and transparency for the agency’s risk management process, giving members greater predictability about how identified risks would be regulated for specific uses.”
According to The Toy Association, Wheeler indicated agreement that such a rule may be necessary pending a more detailed briefing in the future.
Since the EPA is not likely to move on the issue before January, The Toy Association is prepared to reinforce its requests in the event that there is a change in administrations following the November elections.
Toy Association members can learn more about the issue here.