Toxic Substances Control Act
Also known as: TSCA; Tosca
Signed into law by Gerald Ford
October 11, 1976
TSCA regulates chemicals by giving the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to require and enforce reporting, record-keeping, testing, and restrictions relating to chemical substances and/or mixtures. TSCA includes a provision that prohibits discrimination against an employee who reports a violation of TSCA.
Enforcement & Remedies
An employee who believes that he or she has been discriminated against in violation of TSCA’s anti-retaliation provision must file a complaint with the Department of Labor (DOL) within 30 days after the violation. An employee may appeal the DOL’s decision to a United States Court of Appeals. Remedies available to an employee include reinstatement, compensatory damages, and punitive damages.
Notable sponsors: John V. Tunney