Without Deadlines, Chemical Safety Bill Lacks Teeth

Law360, New York (May 31, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT) -- Recently proposed legislation to update the Toxic Substances Control Act does not hold the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hard deadlines for completing chemical safety reviews, robbing environmental groups of their ability to sue the agency over delays and potentially deferring the law's implementation by years.

Sens. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and David Vitter, R-La., unveiled S. 1009, the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, on May 22. The bipartisan bill represents a breakthrough in Lautenberg's nearly decadelong push to reform the nation's chemical safety regulations, and experts believe...
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