Toxic Substances Control Act
The measure, called The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, was passed by the Senate on June 7
Should we be excited for changes to a law everyone says is broken?
President Obama's speech at Howard University earlier this month was both inspiring and practical -- in fact, his underlying point was that those two things are deeply intertwined. "You have to go through life with more than just passion for change; you need a strategy," he said.
The ACC has been doing a lot more than just posting disinformation on the Internet. Along with Koch Industries -- owner of Georgia-Pacific, one of the largest U.S. formaldehyde and plywood manufacturers -- it has been currying favor on Capitol Hill with large sums of lobbying and campaign cash.
Wait! Bipartisan environmental legislation is happening in Congress!
While active skepticism of government is healthy, unwavering condemnation can be corrosive to a democracy that depends on participation. Fortunately, we see a glimmer of effective governance that contradicts the narrative of congressional incompetence as an embedded feature of our democracy.
Richard Denison, the lead senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, said that the group welcomes the House action
Congress hasn't passed a major environmental bill since 1996, when Bill Clinton signed amendments to the Clean Water Act. Now it seems that the "Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act," is moving through the Senate and might actually make it to Barack Obama's desk.
Consumer demand for safer products has led Congress into a heated debate about how to reform and update the Toxic Substances Control Act. That debate has reached a critical juncture.
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh also criticized the bill's position on state rule-making, saying it would limit states
The bill was praised by some in the environmental community, including the Environmental Defense Fund, whose president, Fred
Richard Lemen, former U.S. assistant surgeon general and deputy director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety
In a reckless, "hope-for-the-best" approach that puts us all at risk, U.S. policy allows the release of synthetic chemicals into the environment -- before their potentially devastating impacts have been adequately evaluated. Multiple Senate bills to fix this toxic system over the past decade have been snuffed out.