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Sen. Boxer chemical reform bill a “clear win”

Legislation Comes in Advance of Senate Hearing

Today, Senator Barbara Boxer introduced legislation to reform federal chemical policy. The bill precedes a March 18th Senate hearing on chemical policy in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. A few days ago, Senators Vitter and Udall introduced their own version of a chemical policy. Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families has said the Vitter-Udall bill has “serious flaws that undermine the protection of public health.”

Andy Igrejas, director of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, issued the following statement:

“Senator Boxer’s proposal would be a clear win for public health and the environment. It would require EPA to take expedited action on the worst substances, like asbestos and the broad class of chemicals that build up in the food chain. It would also establish a more aggressive schedule for reviewing the remaining chemicals. Unlike the Vitter-Udall bill, it does not have a downside risk for public health because there aren’t any rollbacks in it, and state governments remain free to use their authority to protect their citizens. We urge Congress to give it their full consideration.”