TSCA Reform Will Encourage Innovation and Pollution Prevention, BIO Says

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The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today thanked Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and 17 co-sponsors for introducing the “Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013.” The biotechnology industry supports reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act to promote innovation in renewable chemicals, which consumers can be confident are cleaner, healthier and safer.

Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section, said, “We look forward to working with Senator Lautenberg, Senator Vitter and other members of the Environment and Public Works Committee to ensure that reform of TSCA promotes growth and innovation in the renewable chemical sector and consumer confidence in the safety of everyday products. Industrial biotechnology enables companies to produce biobased chemicals from renewable resources that meet consumer demand for healthier, safer products in the home. It also allows manufacturers to adopt processes that are inherently more energy efficient and cleaner, generating fewer byproducts and less pollution.

“Growing worldwide demand for cleaner, safer chemical alternatives is creating a market opportunity for renewable chemicals. Providing clarity in the law will help U.S.-based renewable chemical companies capture a share of the growing market. TSCA reform should adequately promote and incentivize green chemistry and renewable chemicals.”

About BIO
BIO is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. BIOtechNOW is BIO's blog chronicling “innovations transforming our world” and the BIO Newsletter is the organization’s bi-weekly email newsletter. Subscribe to the BIO Newsletter.