Linda Reinstein and E & C Ranking Member Henry Waxman

ADAO PRESS RELEASE 09/18/13: House Subcommittee Hearing Examines Need for TSCA Reform

Posted on September 19, 2013

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) was honored to testify on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM EDT before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, chaired by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL). The hearing, entitled “Regulation of Existing Chemicals and the Role of Pre-Emption under Sections 6 and 18 of the Toxic Substances Control Act,” built on the subcommittee’s previous hearings examining reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

There were a total of 6 experts who testified including Mark Greenwood (Principal, Greenwood Environmental Counsel PLLC), Justin Johnson (Deputy Secretary, Vermont Agency for Natural Resources), William Rawson (Partner and Chair, Chemical Regulation, Product Strategy & Defense Practice, Latham & Watkins, LLP), Jennifer Thomas (Director, Federal Government Affairs, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers), and Lemuel Srolovic (Chief, Environmental Protection Bureau, NYS Office of the Attorney General).

Today’s hearing built on the subcommittee’s previous hearings examining TSCA.  Title I of the Toxic Substances Control Act: Understanding its History and Reviewing its Impact was held on June 13 and Regulation of New Chemicals, Protection of Confidential Business Information, and Innovation on July 11.

I am pleased to serve as a Congressional witness for both the Senate and House of Representatives.  Below you will find our recent testimonies.

For those who were unable to attend the hearing, you may read my oral testimony (PDF) or watch a full hearing. ADAO continued our longtime tradition of honoring Mesothelioma Warriors by dedicating our testimony to JanelleMichael, and their families. I was also delighted to deliver over 2,700 Ban Asbestos Petition supporter signatures to Congress as part of my testimony. Please continue to sign and share our “ban asbestos, save lives” petition. With each new signature, our voice gets stronger and harder to ignore.

Together, change is possible.


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