Yesterday, yet another bipartisan TSCA reform bill (now called Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, S. 1009) is being sponsored by 8 Dems and 8 Republicans. Section 3A (Policies, Procedures and Guidance) to "address testing, safety assessments and determinations, and science, including policies aimed at reducing animal testing" and Section 4 "requires the Administrator to minimize the use of animals in testing through specific testing mandates, a strategic plan and research on non-animal test methods."
Stay tuned for more insightful analysis as the way the proposed bill handles non-animal testing.
Press release available from Vitter's office -http://www.vitter.senate.gov/newsroom/press/vitter-udall-introduce-landmark-legislation-to-protect-our-families-from-toxic-chemicals
10-page overview of the bill - http://www.scribd.com/doc/258282642/Udall-Vitter-Fact-Sheet-on-Frank-R-Lautenberg-Chemical-Safety-for-the-21st-Century-Act