Chemical Watch reports that Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), head of the House Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, is planning “a more limited reform measure” to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) compared to the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA) draft that he first introduced last year. Attempts to negotiate a compromise on that legislation stalled when Republicans and Democrats could not agree on revisions and counter-proposals from either side.
Rep. Shimkus’ strategy is to offer Democrats the chance to add amendments in exchange for committing to support the legislation. However, Rep. Shimkus would not reveal what the limited scope of his proposal would target. He did cite Rep. Frank Pallone’s (D-NJ) expression of interest in working on TSCA reform as “a pretty positive sign.”
In terms of timing, Rep. Shimkus said he would like to move the bill “sooner than later, and have it off the floor before the August break.”
Rep. Shimkus also expressed hope that the more limited House proposal, if approved, could be resolved in conference committee with the more expansive TSCA reform legislation expected from the Senate side.