Chemicals Legislation

Status:
Proposed
Type:
Bill
Date:
April, 2013

The Safe Chemicals Act of 2013, S 696, introduced by Senator Lautenberg and Senator Gillibrand on April 10, 2013, would reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and limit the use of chemicals linked to cancer and other illnesses. Read a...

Status:
Proposed
Type:
Bill
Date:
June, 2011

The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011HR 2359, was introduced by Rep. Schakowsky in June 2011 and referred to subcommittee in September 2011. The Safe Cosmetics Act would amend the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to regulate cosmetics by Health and Human Services including requiring labeling and ingredient identification.

Status:
Failed
Type:
Bill
Date:
April, 2011

The Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 (S. 847), introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg on April 14, 2011, to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. Similar legislation to revise TSCA was introduced in 2010 and did not advance: the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010 ...

Status:
Proposed
Type:
Bill
Date:
June, 2009

The Household Product Labeling Act of 2009 (HR 3057 / S 1697), introduced in June of 2009, would require any household cleaning product or similar product to bear a label on the product's container or packaging that contains a complete and accurate list of all the product's ingredients. Those without proper labeling would be treated as a misbranded hazardous substance under the Federal Hazardous...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
September, 2008

SB 509 (PDF file, 79KB) signed into law on September 29, 2008, requires the Department of Toxic Substances Control to establish a Toxics Information Clearinghouse for the collection, maintenance, and distribution of specific chemical hazard traits and environmental and toxicological end-point data. The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment is required, by January 1, 2011, to evaluate and specify the hazard traits and environmental and toxicological end-...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
September, 2008

AB 1879 (PDF file, 170KB) signed into law on September 29, 2008, requires the state Department of Toxic Substances Control to establish a process to identify and regulate hazardous chemicals. The bill requires the department to prepare a life-cycle evaluation for all chemicals which would be submitted to the California Environmental Policy Council for review.

The department is also required to adopt regulations to establish...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
August, 2008

The US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (HR 4040) became Public Law No: 110-314 on August 14, 2008. In 1972, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), which created the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), to protect the public against unreasonable risks associated with consumer products. The new law improves the CPSA by establishing standards related to children’s product safety including a new limit for lead...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
April, 2008

On April 1, 2008, the Children's Safe Products Act of 2008 (HB 2647 / SB 6530) was signed in to law. The bill prohibits the sale of toys and other children's products containing more than 90 parts per million (ppm) lead, or 40 ppm cadmium, or 1000 ppm of any of six phthalates starting July 1, 2009. In November 2008 the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) withdrew ...

Status:
Failed
Type:
Bill
Date:
February, 2008

SB 1713, introduced February 22, 2008, would require manufacturers to use the least toxic alternative when replacing phthalates in their products and apply the prohibition and least toxic alternative requirements to certain toys and child care articles that contain bisphenol A or lead in detectable levels.

Child care article is defined to include any product designed or intended by a manufacturer for use either on or by children. The Senate passed SB 1713 on...

Status:
Passed
Type:
Law
Date:
October, 2007

The California Toxic Toys Bill (AB 1108) was signed into law on October 14, 2007 as Chaptered 672 (PDF file, 74KB). The law will ban six types of phthalates from children's toys sold in California starting on January 1, 2009. The law would also require manufacturers to use the least toxic alternative when replacing phthalates...

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