Daily on Energy: Senate EPW presses EPA on chemical reviews under the TSCA

THIS MORNING’S HEARING: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing today examining how the Environmental Protection Agency is conducting chemical reviews under the Toxic Substances Control Act. But both sides of the aisle aren’t happy – and Republicans along with Democrats are expressing concerns that the EPA is slow-walking the peer review process while agency officials are asking for further funding. 

During opening remarks, ranking member Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia pressed for the EPA to hold firm to its deadlines of reviewing chemicals, noting that agency timeliness is crucial to maintaining global competitiveness, expanding industries, and onshoring domestic supply chains. 

“For three years, the Biden administration has been implementing the 2016 TSCA amendments, and yet the slow pace … has not improved,” Capito said. “The scapegoat of blaming the prior administration is no longer holding water. … Approving submissions within the deadline is not
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