The Lautenberg Act

Over 96 percent of all goods manufactured involve chemistry. Yet it’s widely believed that the EPA’s current inventory of about 86,000 chemicals is incorrect and out-of-date. In June 2016, The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA) replaced the Toxic Substance Controls Act (TSCA) of 1976. As a result, the EPA has been given deadlines to make changes in the way they oversee chemicals. One of their first tasks—create an updated list of all chemicals manufactured in the U.S. or imported since 1978.

The many revisions to the TSCA will also affect specific manufacturing sectors, such as companies that create products to clean electronic circuit boards. Congruently, one of the most significant deadlines has already been met by the EPA—identifying the ten most dangerous chemicals, i.e., high-priority. Of the ten chemicals defined, six of them can be found in some cleaners used during the electronic assembly process, and three of them distinctly stand out.



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