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EDF: A moment to celebrate: Senate passes bill to reform outdated chemical safety law

Look at this exciting news brought to us by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF):

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The United States just took a huge step toward bringing our woefully outdated chemical safety law into the 21st century.

The U.S. Senate – finally – brought the Lautenberg Act to the floor by unanimous consent and passed it without objection last night. The legislation, which will help protect Americans from toxic chemicals in everyday products, now needs to be reconciled with a bill the House has passed, and be signed into law by President Obama.

The vote came thanks to the engagement by “an ever-enlarging circle of Senators and stakeholders, who saw the potential for a public health and environmental breakthrough, and who had the courage to work toward a compromise bill even in the most partisan of climates,” notes Richard Denison, Environmental Defense Fund’s lead senior scientist, in a blog post.

It took political risk-taking, a willingness to seek common ground and compromise – and countless days, weeks and months of “plain old hard work,” he writes.

Learn more about the Senate vote, and what it all means, from Richard’s report.

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For more information, visit EDF at https://www.edf.org/blog/2015/12/18/moment-celebrate-senate-passes-bill-reform-outdated-chemical-safety-law?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=edf_tsca_upd_dmt&utm_medium=social-media&utm_id=1450458931

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3 Comments

  1. […] President Obama signed into law the Lautenberg Act, which puts some constraints on chemical production and use in the U.S. The Act is a start, but far […]

  2. […] on the market that can kill people outright, even without physical contact? The bipartisan Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act is tightening regulations up a little, but there is still almost no regulation of hazardous […]

  3. […] Frank Lautenberg Act: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPPT-2016-0658-0001 […]

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