Senior House Democrat on board with Republican proposal to reform TSCA.

The passage of legislation to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) looks a little more likely as a senior House Democrat has voiced positive feedback on the proposal offered by Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), the head of the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.

According to Chemical Watch, Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), also a member of the Subcommittee, said that Rep. Shimkus’ more limited proposal to reform TSCA “works.” Rep. Green emphasized the need to “correct some of the things that are so outdated in TSCA,” as well as incorporating suggestions from Democrats. Rep. Green, whose district is home to several petrochemical companies, described TSCA reform as a “major issue,” and said he was “hopeful” that the issues that plagued the last attempt to modernize TSCA will not recur. As for state preemption, the main sticking point in last year’s negotiations, Rep. Green supported crafting legislation with bipartisan support as a first step before addressing preemption.

Chemical Watch also reported that Rep. Shimkus’ is currently “not committed to any timeline” for introducing legislation.