New Bill Saps States Of Chemical Safety Oversight Powers

Law360, New York (May 23, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT) -- Under the chemical safety reform bill unveiled Wednesday, states and cities would give up to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency nearly all of their ability to ban dangerous chemicals or require safety testing, and the little power they did preserve would be prone to challenges from chemical makers.

The Chemical Safety Improvement Act, or S. 1009, introduced by Sens. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and David Vitter, R-La., has won acclaim from Republicans, Democrats, chemicals manufacturers and several environmental groups. Lautenberg has been working to revamp the nation's...
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