Washington, DC –Today,  U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement after the Senate passed the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, bipartisan, bicameral legislation Booker was instrumental in negotiating which reforms the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA).  The final legislation merges policy priorities from S.697, which passed on Dec. 17, 2015 in the Senate, and H.R. 2576, which passed on June 23, 2015 in the House. The bill now heads to President Obama's desk for his signature.

“Congressional approval of this bipartisan chemical safety law is a major victory for our state and for the legacy of Sen. Frank Lautenberg who championed this fight.  I am proud of the long-overdue improvements I fought to include in this bill, including provisions that strengthen EPA’s ability to regulate toxic chemicals, provide EPA with dedicated funding, give more scrutiny to new chemicals before they come on the market, allow states to continue to co-enforce with EPA, and minimize animal testing when scientifically reliable alternatives exist. Despite long odds and difficult challenges, common sense and finding common ground won the day. I want to thank all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle that came together to make this bill possible. I look forward to celebrating when President Obama signs this important chemical safety reform legislation into law, helping to keep American families and children safe from toxic chemicals.”

In May, Sen. Booker spoke on the Senate floor urging swift passage of the bipartisan, bicameral agreement on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which makes badly needed reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.  His remarks can be viewed here.