On April 29, 2022, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies held a hearing on President Biden’s fiscal year (FY) 2023 budget request for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In his written testimony, EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan notes that “[c]hemicals and toxic substances are ubiquitous in our everyday lives and are often released into the environment from their manufacture, processing use, or disposal.” Regan acknowledges that EPA has “significant responsibilities” under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg Act) amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to ensure the safety of chemicals in or entering commerce and to address unreasonable risks to human health or the environment. The budget would provide $124 million and 449 full-time equivalents (FTE) to implement TSCA, an increase of more than $60 million. For more information on Administrator Regan’s testimony, please read the full memorandum.
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