14 Apr '11, 9pm

Congress Renews Debate Over U.S. Chemical Policy Reform

Congress Renews Debate Over U.S. Chemical Policy Reform

WASHINGTON, DC — With the introduction of the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 today, Congress will once again discuss modernizing the country's 35-year-old chemicals laws. "Our current law forces EPA to search for dangerous chemicals," said Sen. Frank Lautenberg, (D-N.J.), in a video announcing the bill. "This bill puts a mandate on companies to confirm safety before chemicals reach the market." The bill [full text ] is similar to one Lautenberg introduced last year , but with changes that respond to concerns raised by both industry and environmental groups. "It is very much a new and improved version of the bill introduced last year," said Richard Denison, senior scientist with the Environmental Defense Fund , during a call with reporters. Under the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA), the government considers chemicals safe for use in the market unless they meet a hig...

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