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New toxic chemical bill would weaken protections, critics charge

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Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) released a draft bill entitled the Chemicals in Commerce Act (CICA) on Thursday, Feb. 27 that provides no significant improvements in protecting public health and the environment from toxic chemicals. Many of the provisions in the draft bill maintain the already deficient approaches to health protections now included under the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), our nation's outdated and ineffective chemical safety law.


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TSCA reform moves forward with House hearing

Both sides call for revisions
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A Senate effort to reform the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is scheduled for a hearing next week in the House. The controversial legislation, which was introduced in May by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), will likely get a hearing by the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee.


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Get regulatory info on chemicals with new EPA web tool

Allows comparisons by use, effects
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The EPA has launched a web-based tool, called ChemView, to improve access to chemical specific regulatory information developed by EPA and data submitted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).


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EPA to assess FR chemicals

Focus on chemicals that persist in the environment
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The EPA says it will begin assessing 23 chemicals – 20 of which are commonly used as flame retardants (FR) -- for potential risks to human health and the environment. This effort is part of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan which identifies commonly used chemicals for risk assessment.


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EPA releases draft of chemical risk assessment

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The EPA has released for public comment draft risk assessments, for particular uses, on five chemicals found in common household products. The draft risk assessments were developed as part of the agency’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan, which identified common chemicals for review over the coming years to assess any impacts on people’s health and the environment.


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Report: Chemical industry spends millions to block TSCA update

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The chemical industry has spent millions on U.S. political campaigns in an effort to prevent Congress from strengthening the Toxic Substances Control Act, according to a report released by Common Cause, a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy group.


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EPA Identifies Substitutes for Toxic Flame Retardant Chemical

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The EPA has released a report identifying substitutes for decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE), a commonly used flame retardant chemical which has been shown to damage human health and the environment.


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Chemical manufacturers oppose Safe Chemicals Act

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The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) issued a statement recently to a key U.S. Senate environmental panel, expressing its opposition to the Safe Chemicals Act introduced earlier this year by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ). 


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