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More than 150 members join Coalition for Chemical Safety

February 4, 2010

WASHINGTON — More than 150 individuals and organizations have joined together as part of the Coalition for Chemical Safety — an organization dedicated to supporting reform to national chemical safety laws, according to a press release.

According to the release, the coalition anticipates the submission of a new draft of the Kid Safe Chemicals Act by New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, a move they hope will lead to a discussion of overall reform to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Coalition for Chemical Safety Executive Director Joe Householder said: "The Coalition and its growing roster of members believe it is time for a comprehensive rewrite of the TSCA in such a way that we protect public safety, promote industry innovation and preserve the tens of thousands of American jobs provided directly or indirectly by the chemical industry."

The member-organizations of the coalition range from a small computer maintenance company to the Illinois State Council of Operation Engineers, the release stated.

According to the release, the coalition believes that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should be able to use the best, most current science to accurately determine the safety of chemicals and should also be provided with sufficient resources to make this happen.

Householder continues: "We all recognize that it is long past time to reform our hopelessly outdated chemical safety laws. We look forward to playing an active role in the discussion in hopes of assuring that Congress takes a comprehensive approach to this vital national issue."

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