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US Senate launches chemical reform push

from The Hill

Sens. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, and David Vitter, R-Louisiana, are introducing legislation to overhaul the nation's chemical laws, which are widely viewed as broken. Democrats, led by the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg, have long sought reforms to the Toxic Chemicals Control Act (TSCA) of 1976, though the effort has repeatedly stalled in previous years. Unveiled Tuesday, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act forces the Environmental Protection Agency to base chemical safety decisions solely on considerations of risk to public health and the environment and eliminates TSCA's "least burdensome" requirement for regulating a chemical, which prevented the EPA from banning asbestos. more

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