The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing on March 22, 2023, on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) fiscal year (FY) 2024 budget proposal. EPA Administrator Michael Regan was the Committee’s only witness. In his written testimony, Regan notes that EPA has “significant responsibilities” under 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. According to his testimony, the FY 2024 budget includes $131 million and 534 full-time equivalents (FTE) to support EPA’s TSCA program, an increase of $48 million and 174 FTE over the 2023 level. Regan testified that these resources will enable EPA to realize fully the promise of the bipartisan Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg Act). The proposed budget will allow EPA to issue protective chemical safety rules while also supporting the innovative new chemistries needed to propel the semiconductor, automotive, and battery sectors forward. For more information, please read the full memorandum.
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