The American Coatings Association, ACA, has developed a grassroots campaign that helps ACA members actively participate in efforts to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). On May 22, 2013, the late Senator Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Senator David Vitter (R-LA), introduced a ground-breaking bipartisan TSCA Reform bill, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 (CSIA – S.1009). ACA has discussed with various senators those principles important to the paint and coatings industry that are protective of human health while allowing companies to innovate and create jobs. All of ACA’s concerns with chemical management have been addressed in the CSIA, namely, federal preemption, the treatment of mixtures/articles, and confidential business information. ACA is asking that its members individually reach out to the senators in their respective states and to ask them to co-sponsor CSIA – S.1009.
Through ACA’s CoatingsConnect website, members are able to submit electronic letters to U.S. senators in support of the CSIA. ACA has developed a new TSCA Reform Web Portal that serves as a resource for members to access information about the legislation. By logging in at the CoatingsConnect website www.coatingsconnect.org, members may access the portal, http://www.coatingsconnect.org/issue_alert.asp?g=COATINGS&issue=tsca_reform_alert&parent=COATINGS, which features the complete text of the bill, background information on the bill, sample request letters, sample thank you letters, and U.S. Senate office contact information. In order to pass and implement the CSIA, ACA needs support and engagement from all its members.
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