Last year, former President Barack Obama signed an update to the federal Toxic Substances Control Act into law, finally giving
A professor of mine at the University of Michigan Law School once said that problems become more solvable when people lower their voices and work things out.
Following the recent passage of the chemical safety bill, President Obama has now signed the first major update to an environmental health law in decades. The bill is being touted as a milestone in our country's environmental history.
The measure, called The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, was passed by the Senate on June 7
Within the next few days, Congress is likely to enact the first update of a major environmental statute in many years.
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.
Congress may not be able to give us "pre-baby sleep," but they can help us sleep more soundly by restoring our trust that the government is working to protect our families from toxic chemicals.
For years, Congress has promised to update our decades-old federal chemical regulations, yet despite the demands from hundreds of health, environmental, consumer and other public interest groups, the Senate recently adopted a flawed bill that will do little to undo the chemical industry's con game.
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If 50 percent of all cancers are preventable, we need to start hearing news about cancer declining, not increasing. Are we as a nation up to this challenge?
Amid the purely political talk about the horserace and polling, and who will have or avoid a "gotcha" moment, I hope the
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A strong TSCA bill will ensure that politicians don't have to apologize to the next generation. For lawmakers, then, courage is an insurance policy against regret. I hope Congress can invoke the courage that so many others have displayed this summer.
Richard Denison, the lead senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, said that the group welcomes the House action
The Senate is poised to adopt a "chemical safety" bill (S. 697) that is fully supported by the chemical industry -- the same companies that have fought for decades against any restrictions on their toxic products.
Boxer criticized the bill for not imposing strong enough deadlines for regulating chemicals, and for continuing to exempt