Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Safe Chemicals Bill of 2010 is Now Introduced [UPDATED]

The Safe Chemicals Bill of 2010 was introduced minutes ago by Senator Frank Lautenberg.

A copy of the bill, which still does not have a Senate number, can be found here.

From Senator Lautenberg's press release:

“America’s system for regulating industrial chemicals is broken,” said Senator Lautenberg. “Parents are afraid because hundreds of untested chemicals are found in their children’s bodies. EPA does not have the tools to act on dangerous chemicals and the chemical industry has asked for stronger laws so that their customers are assured their products are safe. My 'Safe Chemicals Act' will breathe new life into a long-dead statute by empowering EPA to get tough on toxic chemicals. Chemical safety reform is not a Democratic or Republican issue, it is a common-sense issue and I look forward to building bipartisan support for this measure.”

And also:

The “Safe Chemicals Act of 2010” requires safety testing of all industrial chemicals, and puts the burden on industry to prove that chemicals are safe in order stay on the market. Under current policy, the EPA can only call for safety testing after evidence surfaces demonstrating a chemical is dangerous. As a result, EPA has been able to require testing for just 200 of the more than 80,000 chemicals currently registered in the United States and has been able to ban only five dangerous substances. The new legislation will give EPA more power to regulate the use of dangerous chemicals and require manufacturers to submit information proving the safety of every chemical in production and any new chemical seeking to enter the market.

Meanwhile, Representatives Waxman and Rush have released a "discussion draft" rather than a formal bill. Their version is called the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010.

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