Long-time advocate of safer chemicals, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), has died at the age of 89.
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Lautenberg has repeatedly pushed for modernization of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). He recently co-sponsored a bill with Senator David Vitter (R-LA) only weeks after reintroducing his own bill.
The cause of death was viral pneumonia. The Senator had been ill for the last few months. He survived a bout with cancer several years ago.
The surprise introduction of the Safer Chemicals Improvement Act (SCIA) was seen by some as a sign that Senator Lautenberg's health had deteriorated and that his colleagues wanted to honor him with a chemicals bill that could pass the Senate.
Republican Governor Chris Christie will appoint someone to fill Lautenberg's seat.