On Tuesday, February 4, 2014, Dr. Brent Grazman, vice president of quality for Viasystems, testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy. The subcommittee, which is considering reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), held the hearing to better understand concerns with current chemicals laws and regulations under TSCA.
Dr. Grazman, who is a member of the IPC Government Relations Committee, spoke on behalf of IPC as well as Viasystems. His testimony highlighted industry concerns that EPA’s current implementation of TSCA treats byproducts as new chemicals if they are sent for recycling. This narrow interpretation is “burdensome, unnecessary, and actually discourage recycling,” according to Dr. Grazman. His testimony also highlighted industry concerns about the regulation of articles and encouraged Congress to reform TSCA in a way that directs the EPA to focus regulation on substances that exhibit the greatest hazards, and those that pose the greatest exposure to consumers.
IPC, which has long encouraged EPA to reconsider its TSCA policies, will continue working with Congress and EPA to effect reform.