Charles Franklin Article on Toxic Substances Control Act Published by Environmental Law Institute

Environmental Law Institute’s News & Analysis has published “The Price of Chemical Control: Learning From Struggle and Success,” an article by Akin Gump environment and natural resources senior counsel Charles Franklin that examines the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and compares the statute to the federal regulatory systems for drug safety and pesticide safety.

Franklin writes that, by comparing these statutes, his article will provide “insight as to the magnitude of resources required to operate first-class product regulatory programs, generally, and the importance of stable funding mechanisms in particular.” The article also discusses the TSCA’s origin, its historically underfunded budget and “the prospects for meaningful TSCA reform,” among other topics.

Franklin concludes by noting that current bipartisan efforts “suggest that Congress may be ready to initiate” the process of careful reform and that “the growing pains and lessons learned through the development of federal pesticide and drug policy can be instructive, particularly with respect to the importance of providing resources commensurate with the tasks at hand.”

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