As the House and Senate begin reconciling their respective bills to reach a final deal to send to President Obama, 12 state attorneys general are urging Congress to keep a strong role for state governments to act on dangerous chemicals. There’s a lot at stake, they say in a January 19 letter, because states have historically […]
In May of 2015, the Minnesota Legislature quietly passed the nation’s most comprehensive flame retardant product ban to date. However, a current Senate proposal to reform regulation of chemicals at the federal level puts future state laws like this at risk.
The Senate bill would preempt states earlier, creating a regulatory “void,” in which neither federal or state governments can restrict chemicals.
Last night Senators Merkley (D-OR), Whitehouse (D-RI), and Booker (D-NJ) announced they were joining Senators Udall and Vitter in a new version of the controversial Senate chemical reform bill.
States have been where most of the action to protect people from toxic chemicals has happened in recent years. So the the Udall-Vitter bill is rightly drawing fire for limiting the ability of states to act in several ways.
Opponents of the Senate’s Vitter-Udall chemical legislation introduced this week point to numerous flaws in the bill. Perhaps the most contentiously debated part is something called “preemption”…