Progress Report on NORA 2013 PCB/TSCA Reform Effort
NORA continues on two-track strategy to reform TSCA
Gainesville, Virginia – (May 28, 2013) – NORA’s PCB/TSCA Reform Effort continues to move forward with
a two-track strategy. Two recent, significant events offer encouraging signs
that NORA’s strategy will lead to success.
First, on May 22, 2013, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), the
leading proponent of TSCA reform, and Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), the senior
Republican on the Senate Environment Committee, announced a groundbreaking,
bipartisan TSCA reform bill. So far, a total of 20 senators (11 Democrats and 9
Republicans) have signed on as co-sponsors of the Lautenberg-Vitter "Chemical
Safety Improvement Act of 2013”, S. 1009.
Following last year’s partisan deadlock, the bill is a major
breakthrough and significantly improves the likelihood of TSCA reform being
enacted before the end of this Congress in 2014. The bill only address issues
that were raised last year, but the lead sponsors have agreed to work together on
amendments to the legislations. They are both aware of NORA’s proposal, and
NORA continues to work with the co-sponsors to have its amendment added when the Committee
takes up the bill late this summer. NORA is also talking with Committee staff
about participating in upcoming hearings.
Second, EPA has told NORA that the meeting NORA
representatives held with EPA officials in April was both "informative and
productive.” Last week, EPA notified NORA that it had been holding a series of
internal meetings with staff, management, and legal counsel and is discussing
various options for working with NORA on a path forward.
In January, NORA’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to
move forward with a federal legislative initiative to amend the Toxic
Substances Control Act (TSCA) in order to provide relief to NORA members
related to PCB contamination.
As the project moves forward, NORA needs your help. The association’s annual
budget does not support this type of project. The anticipated budget required
to properly fund this important challenge is $150,000 for 2013. To date,
$64,500 has been raised. Click here to donate online or click here for a
printable donation form.
Click here for more information on the NORA 2013 TSCA/PCB
NORA, An Association of Responsible Recyclers represents over 350 leading companies involved in the responsible recycling of used oil and related materials that would otherwise negatively impact the environment. NORA members work every day to ensure that more than a billion gallons per year of used oil and related materials are collected, recycled and given another useful life. NORA has been defending and promoting the industry since 1985. For more information on NORA, visit www.noranews.org.