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The Importance of Implementation in Rethinking Chemicals Management Policies: The Toxic Substances Control Act

June 2011

Citation: ELR 10527

Author: Jessica N. Schifano, Ken Geiser, and Joel A. Tickner

Since the passage of the Toxic Substances Control Act in 1976, EPA has struggled with implementation of the law, and with intermittent initiatives has explored, proposed, and attempted solutions to key chemicals management challenges. The successes or failures of TSCA (or any environmental policy for that matter) are not simply an issue of statutory language. Passage of legislation, even well-written and well-intended, is only the first step in successful implementation of a policy. Many other factors, such as political influences, administrative hurdles, and available resources have equal, if not more important, roles in supporting implementation that meets the goals of a particular statute.

Jessica Schifano, J.D., M.P.H., is a former policy analyst at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. Dr. Ken Geiser is a Professor of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and the Co-Director of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. Dr. Joel Tickner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Sustainability at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and a Principal Investigator of the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production.

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