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S. 3149 (94th): Toxic Substances Control Act


About the bill

Source: Wikipedia

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is a United States law, passed by the United States Congress in 1976 and administered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, that regulates the introduction of new or already existing chemicals. When the TSCA was put into place, all existing chemicals were considered to be safe for use and subsequently grandfathered in. Its three main objectives are to assess and regulate new commercial chemicals before they enter the market, to regulate chemicals already existing in 1976 that posed an "unreasonable risk to health or to the environment", as for example PCB's, lead, mercury and radon, and to regulate these chemicals' distribution and use.

Contrary to what the name implies, TSCA does not separate chemicals into categories of toxic and non-toxic. Rather it ...

Sponsor and status

Introduced
Mar 16, 1976
94th Congress (1975–1976)
Status

Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 11, 1976

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 11, 1976.

Law
Pub.L. 94-469
Sponsor

John Tunney

Senator for California

Democrat

Text

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Last Updated: Oct 11, 1976

Source

History

Mar 16, 1976
 
Introduced

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Mar 16, 1976
 
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Mar 26, 1976
 
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next.

Aug 23, 1976
 
Passed House with Changes (back to Senate)

The House passed the bill with changes not in the Senate version and sent it back to the Senate to approve the changes.

Oct 11, 1976
 
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

Oct 11, 1976
 
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed Congress.

S. 3149 (94th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 3149. This is the one from the 94th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 94th Congress, which met from Jan 14, 1975 to Oct 1, 1976. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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