January 16, 2014
In our previous EarthDesk post we examined the connection between the Charleston, WV spill into the Elk River, the failed Federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and our home river, the Hudson.
On January 13, Representive Paul Tonko, the Hudson River Valley’s leading environmental congressman, joined Representative Henry Waxman in calling for a hearing to examine the law in light of the little known about 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHN), the chemical spilled by Freedom Industries on January 9. The drinking water of 300,00 people in around Charleston was affected and the public water supply rendered unusable for most of a week.
The New York Times, in an April 18 editorial criticized TSCA at length. An excerpt:
For the most part, the law requires the government to prove that a chemical is unsafe before it can be removed or kept off the market instead of requiring manufacturers to prove that their chemicals are safe before they can be sold and used.
See more at EarthDesk, December 19, 2013.
Following is the letter from Congressmen Tonko and Waxman to Representative John Shimkus, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Commerce: Comment