EDF: Industry should pay fair share of fees to fund EPA’s TSCA program

Increased funding critical for effective chemical regulation to protect public health and the environment

November 16, 2022
Paige Baker, pabaker@edf.org, (919) 272-2168

(Washington, DC – November 16, 2022) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a supplemental proposed rule “Fees for the Administration of the Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA).” Under TSCA, EPA is required to set fees such that the agency recoups 25% of its program costs from industry. Today’s rule modifies and supplements a 2021 proposal released under the previous administration.  

“EPA’s TSCA program is severely underfunded, hindering EPA’s ability to faithfully implement the law and protect public health. Today’s proposal from EPA to considerably increase TSCA fees is a critical – and overdue – step to address years of lowballing industry’s share of the cost to implement TSCA. However, industry fees alone, which offset just a fraction of the cost of implementing the law, are not sufficient. Congress must also provide appropriate funds to ensure EPA is fully resourced to carry out its mission under TSCA.” 

  • Lindsay McCormick, Sr. Manager, Safer Chemicals  

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