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Legislative Update: Senate committee approves Safe Chemicals Act

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has approved S. 847, the Safe Chemicals Act, on a party-line vote of 10-8. This legislation would reform the Toxic Substances Control Act by resetting the TSCA inventory, requiring the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to batch chemicals into groups and evaluate them in order of risk priority based on existing information, and requiring chemical manufacturers and processors to provide additional information to EPA. Given the controversial nature of S. 847 and the limited time remaining on the legislative calendar for 2012, the outlook for Senate floor consideration of the bill is questionable. more

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