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Toxic Substances Control Act Reform Bill Passes Senate

After years of stalled efforts, an historic moment quietly occurred yesterday, with the Senate’s passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2576).  The Senate passed this bill, which modernizes the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the federal chemical control law, in an evening voice vote on June 7, 2016. 

It appears that the Senate passed the bill without amendment to the House bill, following removal of Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) block to allow more time to consider the bill’s preemption and criminal penalty provisions.  The bill will be sent to the White House, where it is expected to be signed into law as early as this week, following the Executive Office’s May 23, 2016 statement of support for the bill.  

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 Thomas C. Berger, Keller Heckman, Environmental Protection lawyer, Product Liability Management Attorney

Tom Berger joined Keller and Heckman in 1993. Mr. Berger is a partner in Keller and Heckman's Washington DC office and heads Keller and Heckman's Indianapolis satellite office.

Mr. Berger has extensive experience in representing foreign and domestic companies, large and small, in a broad range of areas, including counseling, advocacy, and rulemaking in environmental law, occupational safety and health law, contracts, EPA enforcement proceedings, and chemical and product liability management. Mr. Berger assists clients in bringing new products to...

Adrienne M. Timmel, Keller Heckman, Pre-Market Chemical Approval Lawyer, Products Safety Attorney

Adrienne Timmel practices in all areas of environmental law and also advises clients on product safety and energy performance matters. In particular, Ms. Timmel assists clients in obtaining pre-market approval of chemicals and pesticides in the U.S. and international markets. She has helped clients navigate and comply with the Federal fuels regulations and Federal energy efficiency regulations for residential appliances and commercial equipment.  Her work has also included counseling clients in the development of biofuels and engaging in settlement negotiations with the...