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The chemical industry lends support to the Safe Chemicals Act

April 16, 2010
TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg recently introduced the Safe Chemicals Act, which has garnered support from many leading companies and associations in the chemical industry, according to a press release.
The sixteen groups, including the American Chemistry Council, the American Coatings Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates, the Soap and Detergent Association, the National Association of Chemical Distributors and many others, released a statement praising the Safe Chemicals Act, the release stated.
The statement begins by saying, "Protecting public health by ensuring the safety of chemicals and the products they go into is a top priority for our industries. This should be a priority for any federal chemical regulatory reform effort as well. We agree with Senator Lautenberg that it is time to modernize the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and have been working with Congress, the Obama Administration and stakeholders to enhance the way chemicals are managed."
The statement continues with, "We agree with certain concepts in the bill, such as: A risk-based approach to prioritizing chemicals for review, efforts to minimize animal testing and practical approaches to information and data development. We support a federal policy to regulate chemicals in commerce rather than a patchwork quilt of state laws that would make it difficult to bring products to the marketplace. However, preemption provisions in this proposal will allow states to adopt regulations that are not uniform. We are also concerned about the proposed standard for decision-making."
The statement concludes with, "Congressman Henry Waxman and Congressman Bobby Rush have proposed a ''discussion draft'' and an outreach process before introducing a formal bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. We look forward to participating with both Senate and House leaders in a transparent and meaningful discussion by all key stakeholder groups to ensure that TSCA reforms are based on sound science and protect the safety of all consumers, while promoting jobs and innovation."
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