Wednesday | June 8, 2016

Scott Supports Legislation Simplifying Regulatory Framework for SC Manufacturing

Washington - U.S. Senator Tim Scott this week supported the Frank J. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which gives the manufacturing industry needed regulatory predictability and marks the first major environmental reforms passed by Congress in two decades. The bill updates the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, which regulates and reviews all chemicals used in the United States, such as in theaerospace, automotive, equipment manufacturers, paper products, and travel goods industries.

"South Carolina has been home to a manufacturing revolution over the past decade, and by providing regulatory predictability regarding chemicals, we can help ensure that growth continues," Scott said. "With 96 percent of all manufactured goods using raw materials and products created by the chemical industry, the Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century is incredibly important for manufacturers across South Carolina and the nation."

The Frank J. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act accomplishes the following:

  • Establishes one regulatory system of chemical regulations, eliminating an unworkable patchwork of state regulations
  • Strengthens transparency as the Environmental Protection Agency reviews chemicals, and ensures the best possible science is used to do so
  • Protects small businesses from duplicative and burdensome bureaucratic hurdles

The bill is now headed to the President's desk for signature.

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