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Vitter-Udall chemical bill draws broad opposition

(Photo Credit: tslac, Flickr)
(Photo Credit: tslac, Flickr)

Today, Senators David Vitter and Tom Udall formally introduced their legislation to reform federal chemical policy. The bill, however, is sufficiently flawed that it has drawn the opposition of the several hundred organizations that make up Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.

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

“Firefighters, nurses, parents of kids with learning disabilities and cancer survivors all still oppose this legislation. In its current form it would not make a big dent in the problem of toxic chemical exposure and would even do some harm by restraining state governments. While Senators Vitter and Udall have made some positive changes, the bill is not up to the important task of protecting public health. We plan to work with Senators from both parties to make the needed improvements.”

For more detail, a letter this week from the coalition to senators can be viewed here.