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Senate Introduces Safe Chemicals Act of 2011
EHS Today ^ | 04/15/11 | Laura Walter

Posted on 04/21/2011 9:35:44 AM PDT by greatplains

"On April 14, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., along with Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and others, introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 to upgrade the nation’s system for managing chemical safety and protect communities from toxic chemicals." (snip) "In addition to overhauling the 35-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the act would:

*Require EPA to identify and restrict the “worst of the worst” chemicals, those that persist and build up in the food chain;

*Require basic health and safety information for all chemicals as a condition for entering or remaining on the market;

*Reduce the burden of toxic chemical exposures on people of color and low-income and indigenous communities;

*Upgrade scientific methods for testing and evaluating chemicals to reflect best practices called for by the National Academy of Sciences; and

*Generally provide EPA with the tools and resources it needs to identify and address chemicals posing health and environmental concerns."

"Congress first introduced the Safe Chemicals Act in 2010. Following hearings to solicit feedback from chemical industry leaders, public officials, scientists, doctors, academics and non-profit organizations, several changes were made to improve the bill, according to Lautenberg. For example, the updated bill establishes risk-based prioritization categories so EPA can focus its resources on the highest-risk chemicals. It also requires chemical companies to initially submit basic hazard and exposure data to quickly determine the risk and assess the need for further testing or restrictions."

(Excerpt) Read more at ehstoday.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: epa; legislation; regulations
Naturally we will have good, solid science to back this up.
1 posted on 04/21/2011 9:35:46 AM PDT by greatplains
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To: greatplains

How many jobs will this cost and how much unemployment will it take to satisfy the Bill’s requirements?


2 posted on 04/21/2011 9:38:01 AM PDT by x_plus_one (How many middle class debt slaves does it take to pay for Obama care?)
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To: greatplains
*Reduce the burden of toxic chemical exposures on people of color and low-income and indigenous communities;

What...

...the...

...Hell...

3 posted on 04/21/2011 9:38:29 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: greatplains
Personally, I'd love to see how many of them would sign onto a law that would ban dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO)...

http://www.dhmo.org/
4 posted on 04/21/2011 9:38:49 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-eyed killer of the deep.)
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To: greatplains

Did Flouride make the list?


5 posted on 04/21/2011 9:40:04 AM PDT by Amish with an attitude
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To: greatplains

” Naturally we will have good, solid science to back this up. “

Ummmmm...

Doesn’t *everything* consist of ‘chemicals’??

Including thee ‘n’ me....


6 posted on 04/21/2011 9:43:30 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: rarestia
That has been an attack technique for years.

Rational people would understand that it's economics. You're not
going to locate a plant or a dump where it costs thousands of
dollars a square foot when you can get a location for $2.50
square foot.

7 posted on 04/21/2011 9:49:23 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: greatplains
I know just from looking at the names of the sponsors that this legislation is disastrous. It was no doubt written by 22-year-old Senate staff straight out of some environmental studies program. It will cost a fortune to implement, and provide lots of "green" jobs, but make no actual contribution to safety. Several industries will be crippled, and a number of business who provide good jobs will go under. Americans will be inconvenienced and nudged back toward the dark ages. From the American Chemistry Council:

"...the bill introduced today could put American innovation and jobs at risk.

"... EPA should prioritize chemicals for safe use determinations to focus on chemicals of highest concern; the chemical industry should provide robust information in a transparent manner on the chemicals it produces; and companies and EPA should work together to enhance public access to chemical health and safety information. Most importantly, sound science must be the foundation on which a modern TSCA is built. Both industry and consumers need to have confidence that EPA has a framework in place to ensure that the latest advances in science and technology, proven yet innovative testing methods, and the highest quality data are used in regulatory decision-making."

If there is any sound science in this bill, I will dine on my Easter hat.

8 posted on 04/21/2011 9:50:23 AM PDT by La Lydia ("California: When the parasites outnumber the hosts, it's all over.")
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To: greatplains

The eco-nuts are determined to regulate us into the stone age. America is already starting to look like some third world nations but if this keeps up African hell holes are going to look good in comparison to the US.


9 posted on 04/21/2011 9:51:05 AM PDT by trapped_in_LA
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To: greatplains

COMPLETE CONTROL


10 posted on 04/21/2011 9:52:02 AM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: trapped_in_LA
The eco-nuts are determined to regulate us into the stone age. America is already starting to look like some third world nations but if this keeps up African hell holes are going to look good in comparison to the US.

Well, as long as they do away with that awful dihydrogen monoxide.

11 posted on 04/21/2011 9:53:38 AM PDT by Cowman (How can the IRS seize property without a warrant if the 4th amendment still stands?)
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To: greatplains

If you want to chill and stop innovation in any field, put government regulations on it, especially ones termed “safety.”

A company could not develop and market what is trademarked “Windex” after these new regulations without spending so much on satisfying the government that putting it on sale would be unprofitable. Unprofitable, maybe that is the goal for Omama’s economy.


12 posted on 04/21/2011 9:54:19 AM PDT by RicocheT
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To: greatplains

“Unintended” consequences??????


13 posted on 04/21/2011 10:00:37 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: OCCASparky

“Personally, I’d love to see how many of them would sign onto a law that would ban dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO)...”

It would go hand in hand with the assault on the evil monosaccharide and the dreaded sodium chloride.


14 posted on 04/21/2011 10:02:21 AM PDT by Mrs. B.S. Roberts
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To: rarestia

There goes the rest of our sodium chloride!


15 posted on 04/21/2011 10:03:53 AM PDT by Wilum (Never loaded a nuke I didn't like)
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To: greatplains

Thermometers with mercury were outlawed a long time ago. Now, thanks to our government, we have mercury in every room....and if the bulbs break (unlike a thermometer), there is no real way to pick it up.


16 posted on 04/21/2011 10:05:12 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: trapped_in_LA

http://epa.gov/cfl/cflcleanup.html


17 posted on 04/21/2011 10:08:27 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: La Lydia

Rest assured, your Easter hat is in no danger from becoming the second course of Easter dinner.


18 posted on 04/21/2011 10:12:33 AM PDT by greatplains
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To: greatplains

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. Bottom Feeders, ALL!


19 posted on 04/21/2011 10:16:07 AM PDT by WellyP
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To: greatplains

Anything associated with those RAT THUGS and CRIMINALS should be rejected out of hand.


20 posted on 04/21/2011 10:20:21 AM PDT by Redleg Duke ("Madison, Wisconsin is 30 square miles surrounded by reality.", L. S. Dryfus)
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To: rarestia

It b’ fo’ deh chill’uns


21 posted on 04/21/2011 1:08:14 PM PDT by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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