At Celanese, responsible chemistry and innovation are what we strive for. And as leaders in our industry we need to foster every possible opportunity to encourage our company’s continued growth and expansion. Which is why in the last several months the news out of Washington, DC is encouraging and may signal a new day for Celanese and chemical management in our country. On March 10, 2015, bipartisan legislation to reauthorize and update the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was introduced by Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM). This legislation, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (S. 697), will modernize the 40-year old TSCA law and allow companies like Celanese to confidently plan for the future. Similar legislation is being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives.
For Celanese an updated law will mean a new level of certainty in how we operate. Allowing our new and existing products to quickly make it to market and assuring our customers that the products we manufacture are safe and effective. For our customers, the new law will ensure that the Environmental Protection Agency and the chemical industry will be able to address the safety of chemicals in a streamlined and priority based process. For the first time, consumers will know that the chemicals they are concerned about will be given the highest priority of scientific review.
TSCA reform has received support from both sides of the aisle, from the business and environmental communities. Bipartisan bills like those being considered by Congress ensures that all parties involved in the process have their ideas and concerns addressed. This is truly a win-win situation for our industry and for the consumer.
We’ll provide you with regular updates to keep you informed on the progress of TSCA reform, and what Celanese is doing to secure a better future for our communities, our employees and our environment.