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SUPPORT

FOR THE FRANK R. LAUTENBERG CHEMICAL SAFETY FOR THE


21ST CENTURY ACT (FRL21) & BIPARTISAN TSCA REFORM

With lawmakers coming together from both sides of the aisle, this is the best chance in a generation for us to move
past an obsolete and badly broken law to provide strong protections for all Americans.
Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund
After nearly four decades under a failed law, this legislation would finally provide EPA with the tools it needs to
better protect American families. Rare political circumstances have opened a narrow window to pass meaningful
reform that protects the health of American families. Its essential Congress act now.
Dr. Richard Denison, Lead Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund
Frank believed that fixing Americas chemical law could be his most significant legacy in a career devoted to
protecting public health. The new bipartisan proposal from Senators Tom Udall and David Vitter builds important
improvements upon the solid foundation Frank laid with Senator Vitter in 2013. I strongly encourage senators in
both parties to step up and help finish the job of ensuring our families are protected from toxic chemicals.
Bonnie Lautenberg, widow of Frank R. Lautenberg
As an elected official, I support the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Reform Bill because I know it will make every
New Mexican including each of my Bernalillo County constituents safer. But more importantly, I support this
bill as the mother of four children. Giving the EPA the power to evaluate the risks of chemicals will protect them in
the short and long term.
Maggie Hart Stebbins, Chair, Bernalillo County (New Mexico) Commission
"The system for safeguarding against toxic chemicals is badly broken and in need of an update. This bipartisan
proposal is an important step to ensure that consumers, families, and workers can have confidence in our chemical
safety laws."
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
TSCA reform has been a legislative priority for TIA for the past two years. If enough members lend their voices in
support of this bill, we have the potential to truly make a difference and overhaul a chemical law that has not been
updated in nearly 40 years.
Ed Desmond, Executive Vice President of External Affairs, Toy Industry Association
The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is an important effort to put in place a sensible
federal framework to assess, evaluate, and regulate chemicals with an emphasis on the protection of maternal and
child health Thank you again for introducing this legislation and advancing the debate on TSCA reform.
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Society for Reproductive Medicine,
March of Dimes, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
The New Mexico Building Trades Council knows that advancements in commerce shouldn't come at the expense
of worker safety. We support the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, because we know it
will make the men and women we represent safer, and it will boost our economy by fixing a broken chemicals
management system.
R. Daniel Beavers, President, New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council

Technology has made enormous strides in the last forty years, but the law dealing with chemicals used in
manufacturing and consumer products hasnt. Its long past time to update our outdated chemical safety laws to
reflect the latest science. This bill is an important step that will encourage innovation and protect the health of our
families.
Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.)
The bill will ensure that Americans in all states will be safer, not only those who live in states with the resources to
take on the complicated and expensive job of regulating chemicals on their own. I commend Senator Heitkamp for
her leadership in supporting this important bipartisan legislation.
Jason Ehlert, President, The North Dakota Building & Construction Trades State Council
We have a responsibility to ensure that the chemicals used in everyday products and manufacturing processes are
safe for American workers, consumers, and our environment. It has been nearly 40 years since the 1976 Toxic
Substances Control Act was signed into law, and it is past time for an update. I am pleased to be a part of the
bipartisan effort to modernize this important legislation.
Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)
On behalf of every unionized carpenter in Michigan, we commend Senator Stabenow for her leadership in cosponsoring the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. This important bill will help
Michigan's economy and will make every worker in the state safer from exposure to toxic chemicals.
Mike Jackson, Executive Secretary / Treasurer, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters
Bipartisanship is hard to come by in the Senate these days, especially on issues that affect the environment. But in
this case, Democrats and Republicans are coming together to improve a failed law that doesnt work for consumers
and doesnt work for businesses. Right now, we are closer than weve ever gotten to reforming our toxics law
because both sides have worked together to compromise on policy without compromising their principles.
Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.)
I am proud to be a cosponsor of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act which was
released today with strong bipartisan support touting eight Democrats and eight Republicans. This law has not
been updated since 1976, and for the first time we have a real chance at bipartisan reform that will require a review
of all active chemicals in commerce. The bill strengthens protections for all Americans while creating a uniform
federal system to ensure more regulatory certainty for consumers and industry. I look forward to working with my
colleagues on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee in moving forward with the first major
environmental update in decades and working to get this bill not only through the committee and senate but signed
into law.
Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
I am proud to be a cosponsor of this groundbreaking legislation that will modernize our severely outdated
chemical regulatory system, In honor of the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, who dedicated his life to chemical
safety, I urge my colleagues to move forward and pass this bipartisan bill that protects the health and safety of all
Americans by making sure the chemicals we use in everyday products are not hazardous. This bill proves that
bipartisan compromise can still work in Washington when people are committed to coming together to find
commonsense solutions, and I hope it serves as a model for future agreements.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)
Booker called the introduction of the legislation an important step, and said he would honor Lautenberg's
contributions to protecting the environment and public health by pursuing vital improvements to this bill.
U.S. senators introduce chemical safety act named for Lautenberg
by Jonathan D. Salant, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, March 10, 2015

Menendez said he would continue to work with bill's sponsors to build upon this effort and get a measure signed
into law. The proposed legislation is unquestionably better than current law, which has proven ineffective in
keeping consumers safe from dangerous chemicals, he said.
U.S. senators introduce chemical safety act named for Lautenberg
by Jonathan D. Salant, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, March 10, 2015
Prospects for TSCA reform have never been brighter thanks to the bipartisan leadership from Senators Vitter and
Udall. The market disruptions caused by emerging international chemical control laws, retail regulation imposed
by big-box stores, and restrictions and bans imposed by state legislatures are constant reminders that Washington
needs to take action. Introducing this bill is a step in the right direction and is clearly an improvement over the
status quo. Members of Congress serious about improving TSCA should support this bill as a vehicle for reform.
William E. Allmond, Vice President of Government and Public Relations,
Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates
This bipartisan bill is an important step in modernizing the way we assess the safety of chemicals. Members of
both parties worked tirelessly to produce language that improves the process for evaluating chemicals without
placing unfair burdens on industry. Even though there is still much to review, we are hopeful the provisions of the
bill will enhance safety while maintaining America's ability to compete in today's global marketplace. NACD thanks
Senators Vitter and Udall for their hard work and willingness to work across party lines to introduce legislation that
brings about much-needed TSCA reform.
Eric R. Byer, President, National Association of Chemical Distributors
TSCA reform remains a top priority for our members and we commend the bipartisan engagement around the
issues included in this legislation. We remain confident that meaningful reform to strengthen EPAs ability to
review and manage chemicals in commerce can be achieved. We look forward to doing what we can to help passage
of this important legislation.
Chris Cathcart, President and CEO, Consumer Specialty Products Association
These senators have worked incredibly hard to get us to this point. We cannot let a once-in-a generation
opportunity pass us by that could enact a meaningful, bipartisan solution to the outdated federal chemical
management system we have had in place since 1976.
Ernie Rosenberg, President & CEO, The American Cleaning Institute
Today, with strong bipartisan support, a big and important step towards reform was taken as the Frank R.
Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was introduced.
National Association of Manufacturers
The legislation provides a rare opportunity for bipartisan agreement on a major public policy initiative, something
that one doesn't see much in Washington these days. But more than that, it's an issue around which the scientific
community, environmental groups, regulators and industry can develop consensus on how best to replace an out-of
date, decades-old, multi-layered and counter-productive approach to regulating chemical safety.
Dan Borne, President, Louisiana Chemical Association
We also believe it is an appropriate tribute to Sen. Lautenberg's legacy. The senator was dedicated to protecting the
environment and making us safer from chemical accidents.
Jeff Tittel, President, New Jersey Sierra Club
The Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act contains important safeguards designed to protect
animals. It requires the EPA Administrator to minimize the use of animals in testing through specific mandates, and
calls for additional research on new testing methods that do not involve animals. We are proud to support this
important bill, and are pleased that it advances human safety without sacrificing the well being of other creatures.
Leslie Lantz, President, Delaware Votes for Animals

Moms Clean Air Force salutes Senator Udalls extraordinary commitment to a bipartisan process in crafting
protections for our families against toxic chemicals. This bill contains important improvements to our current
broken and inadequate law. For years, mothers across the country have been demanding safeguards against
dangerous chemicals. We urge Congress to take up this legislation. We will continue to work to ensure that we get
reform that truly leads to an era in which mothers everywhere can trust the safety of the products we are buying.
Dominique Browning, Senior Director, Moms Clean Air Force
This new draft would provide a chemicals management system far better than the one we have under current
law. While work remains to be done, this draft reflects major improvements over the bill that was introduced last
year, which in itself was a major step forward. This law would institute a systematic review of chemicals in
commerce to ensure they do not present serious risks to the more vulnerable among us, including pregnant women,
infants and children.
Lynn R. Goldman, M.D., M.P.H., Pediatrician, formerly Assistant Administrator, EPA & current Dean,
Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
Nike applauds your bipartisan efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Reforming this outdated
regulatory framework will allow for continued growth and innovation at Nike and in the U.S. economy. Nike
greatly appreciates your bipartisan work on this legislation and stands ready to assist you in achieving final
legislation that continues to draw broad support.
Hannah Jones, Chief Sustainability Officer & VP of Innovation Accelerator, Nike Inc.
The Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is a pragmatic compromise that balances the
interests of multiple stakeholders while making significant improvements to chemicals management and facilitating
a more cohesive federal approach to chemical regulation. NACD appreciates the thoughtful, bipartisan approach
you have taken in crafting the legislation, and we look forward to working with you and your fellow co-sponsors as
the bill is considered by the committee and the full Senate.
Eric R. Byer, President, National Association of Chemical Distributors
The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is a workable compromise that is politically
achievable and will provide the EPA with greater authority to effectively regulate chemicals in commerce, protect
public and worker health, and protect the environment. As a representative of workers in both the Chemical and
Freight Rail industries, we believe the Act will improve federal chemical safety regulation to the benefit of our
people and our economy. Again, I respectfully urge you to support this important legislation.
R. Thomas Buffenbarger, Intl President, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
On behalf of the North American Building Trades Union (NABTU) and nearly three million skilled crafts
professionals who comprise the 14 national and international unions we represent, we ask you to support the
Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), introduced by Senator Tom Udall and Senator David Vitter.
Modernizing TSCA takes on additional importance as the U.S. chemical industry undertakes large-scale
reinvestment in domestic production facilities that will generate jobs and growth.
Sean McGarvey, President, North America's Building Trades Unions
We believe that the regulatory framework [Senator Udall and Senator Vitter] propose will provide better public
health protection than the existing statute and strongly endorse your effort to develop the legislation through a
bipartisan process incorporating input from a diverse array of stakeholders.
Former Senators and BPC Senior Advisors Byron Dorgan and Trent Lott, Bipartisan Policy Center
The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697) is a pragmatic compromise that balances
the interests of multiple stakeholders while making significant improvements to chemicals management and
facilitating a more cohesive federal approach to chemical regulation. We appreciate the thoughtful, bipartisan
approach you have taken in crafting the legislation and look forward to working with you and your fellow cosponsors as the bill is considered by the Committee and the full Senate.
Members of the American Alliance for Innovation

As the chief legal officers in the States, we are required to take the necessary actions to protect the health, safety,
and welfare of the citizens as well as the natural resources and environment. There is real need to address and
update the chemical safety in the U.S. and to create a balance between State and federal regulation. S. 697
strengthens the TSCA and advances our ability to protect our States. We encourage Congress to quickly pass
these important bi-partisan amendments to our nations chemical safety laws.
State Attorney Generals of Michigan, Alabama, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Carolina, Georgia & Utah
As former EPA and Justice Department officials who, during our tenures, were tasked with interpreting and
implementing the current Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), we believe we bring a unique perspective in
analyzing and commenting on S. 697 as proposed by Senators Udall and Vitter, and the important need for such
legislation. We believe that S. 697 as a whole represents a substantial and necessary improvement over the current
Toxic Substances Control Act, and, in particular, that S. 697s amended safety standard will provide EPA with
greater authority to address potentially risky chemical substances in commerce.
Former EPA and DOJ Officials
This legislation will provide transparent guidance and certainty for the industries it will impact while preserving
consumer safety.
Senator John Thune (R-S.D.)
Since Lautenberg's passing, Vitter and Sen. Tom Udall have continued to advance the work he started by working
with major stakeholders to improve the bill. The bipartisan pair has carefully refined the legislation to better balance
health and environmental protections with factors critical to preserving American innovation and economies
heavily reliant on manufacturing, like New Jersey's. In a fitting tribute to his years of hard work on this issue, the
new legislation has been named the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. As former
governors who care deeply about the health and environment of the Garden State, we are calling on New Jersey's
congressional delegation to support the legislation Vitter and Udall have developed -- the Frank R. Lautenberg
Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.
Former Governors of New Jersey Brendan T. Byrne, Thomas H. Kean & Christine Todd Whitman
Simply stated, S. 697 would fundamentally improve the ability of EPA to control chemical exposures found to
present significant risks to public health and the environment. Congress should not delay badly-needed reform
by chasing after the perfect piece of legislation. We think that the essential framework of S. 697, including the
proposed safety standard, is sound.
Members of the bar with extensive TSCA experience, law professors, and former EPA leadership
This legislation will clearly improve our nations chemical safety laws, and it will help the U.S. chemical industry
expand, innovate, and create good American jobs in construction, manufacturing and associated industries. We look
forward to working with you in support of this bipartisan legislation.
Walter Wise, External President, Intl Assoc. of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers
We believe the Bill proposes a positive breakthrough in long-stalled negotiations that can fix a broken chemical
regulatory program. It strengthens the laws key safety standard; mandates timely and effective reviews of new
and existing chemicals; and emphasizes protections for the most vulnerable members of society: infants, children,
pregnant women, workers and the elderly.
Hector Balderas, Attorney General, State of New Mexico
"As described unanimously during the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on March 18,
2015, TSCA is broken, and we agree with you that the law must be updated and strengthened to better protect
public health. We stand ready to work with you and all stakeholders to achieve TSCA reform that is
appropriately protective of the public health, and which takes into account the unique vulnerabilities of infants and
children and other vulnerable populations.
Sandra G. Hassink, President, and Georges C. Benjamin, Executive Director, of
American Academy of Pediatrics & American Public Health Assoc.

We believe S. 697 represents a clear, politically achievable improvement to Americas federal chemical safety
regulations. This legislation has been negotiated in a bipartisan process for over two years. It provides clear,
responsible, and politically achievable improvements to Americas chemical safety laws to protect public health,
worker health and the environment.
Joseph J. Nigro, General President, Intl Assoc. of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers
S. 697 would amend and strengthen Title I of the TSCA to improve public safety, as well as protect American
workers and the environment. This legislation is the result of years of bipartisan negotiation aimed at making the
TSCA into an effective and achievable regulatory success. Specifically, it will accomplish several key goals, such as
restoring public confidence in federal chemical safety regulations, recognizing the role of states in the chemical
regulatory system, using the best information possible to make chemical safety determinations, achieving greater
transparency while protecting confidential business information and promoting job growth in the U.S. chemical
industry.
John Risch, National Legislative Director, SMART Transportation Division
S. 697 takes steps to ensure that no other community will have to experience the same angst that my constituents
felt in the aftermath of the chemical spill. This bill establishes a framework for the systematic evaluation of all active
chemicals and requires additional safety reviews of high-priority substances. It also streamlines the process of
gathering the information necessary to determine whether a chemical is safe for its intended use, identifies and acts
on chemicals that may pose safety concerns, and ensures that necessary information concerning a chemical be
shared with public officials and first responders in the event of an emergency.
Patrick Morrisey, West Virginia Attorney General
"As a defender of the primary role given to states under environmental law, I commend Senators David Vitter and
Tom Udall for ensuring states have a voice at the table. We cannot allow for a one-size fits all approach on this
matter, as each state has a variety of factors that make their environmental regulations unique.
E. Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma Attorney General
On behalf of the physician and medical student members of the American Medical Association (AMA), I am
writing to commend you for your leadership to advance long-needed reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act
(TSCA). There is widespread acknowledgment that TSCA is woefully out of date, and we believe the mark up of
your bill, S. 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, is an important bipartisan
effort to further our shared goal of modernizing TSCA to effectively assess, evaluate, and regulate toxic substances
and better protect the public, especially vulnerable populations.
James L. Madara, MD, Executive Vice President of the American Medical Assoc.
This bipartisan group of senators deserves our thanks for coming together on a bill that will improve chemical
safety protections for Americas wildlife and public health. Toxic chemicals are a significant threat not only to fish
and wildlife populations, but to the sportsmen and women particularly who depend on them. When toxic chemicals
go unchecked they accumulate in the fish and wildlife that we loveand there are few things more heartbreaking
than knowing that kids, often in cities, are catching and eating fish that are unsafe. Todays compromise moves us
one step closer towards ensuring safe and healthy wildlife across our nation.
Collin OMara, President and CEO, National Wildlife Federation
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine supports the amendments brought forth by Sens. Tom Udall
and David Vitter on April 28, 2015 to the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (CS21).
The proposed amendments significantly improve the bill and further clarify that required, requested, and voluntary
animal testing should only be conducted after all other methods of obtaining information have first been explored.
The bill places restrictions on animal testingwhich are stronger than current lawthat will over time facilitate the
development and adoption of nonanimal methods.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

On behalf of PETAs more than three million members and supporters, I am writing to thank you for your work on
the committee-passed version of S. 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. We
support the critical improvements made by you and your colleagues in the committee markup process that will help
minimize the use of animals in chemical testing. This legislation now reflects conclusions in that report with
regard to the need to use cutting-edge non-animal tests and reduce animal suffering.
Jessica Sandler, MHS, Senior Director, Regulatory Testing Department,
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
On behalf of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Environmental Council of the States
(ECOS), we are encouraged by the Committees efforts towards a bipartisan compromise to reform the Toxic
Substances Control Act (TSCA). We acknowledge that serious reform is needed to update this antiquated statute so
that the federal government and states, as partners, have the necessary tools to better evaluate and regulate
chemicals.
William T. Pound, Executive Director, National Conference of State Legislatures
Alexandra Dapolito Dunn, Executive Director, Environmental Council of the States
As the Parkinsons community works to better understand the environmental factors of the disease, it is critically
important to have a regulatory framework in place that is inclusive, protective, and flexible to meet growing
environmental challenges that promote public safety and preserve public health. The Parkinsons community is
grateful for your bipartisan efforts.
Ted Thompson, J.D., CEO, Parkinsons Action Network
While some states are more active on these issues, and we appreciate their leadership and the need for a healthy
state-federal dynamic on this important public safety issue, we feel strongly that a uniform and robust federal
program is the best option for protecting the health of all Americans from the potential hazards posed by chemicals
found in common household products. The time is right for a robust federal program to address the safety of
chemicals in consumer products.
Ryan C. Flynn, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Environment Department
On behalf of the approximately 750,000 active members and retirees of the International Brotherhood of Electrical
Workers (IBEW), I respectfully urge you to support and co-sponsor the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the
21st Century Act (S. 697), bipartisan legislation to improve and update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Lonnie Stephenson, International President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Since 1976, scientists understanding of chemicals and their impacts have increased dramatically. This legislation
will provide a clearer framework for regulating the safety of toxic chemicals in everyday products for the protection
of consumers. This bipartisan effort will strengthen one of our nations important environmental statutes that has
not been updated in 40 years.
Senators Trent Lott and Byron Dorgan, Senior Fellows, Bipartisan Policy Center
On behalf of The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund, we are writing to
express our support for S. 697, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, a bill promoting
the use of best available science for regulating chemicals while providing for animal protection. It incorporates
21st-century science into its testing and risk-assessment framework and marks a dramatic advance for the nation in
animal protection values.
Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society Legislative Fund
On behalf of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), representing 58,000 physicians
and partners in womens health, I am writing to encourage you to bring to the Senate floor bipartisan legislation to
reform the decades old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Mark S. DeFrancesco, President, The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists