As you may know, staff from both chambers of Congress have nearly completed work reconciling different versions of chemical safety reform legislation (TSCA reform) that passed last year. (H.R. 2576 and S. 697 respectively.) Reportedly, there is at least one major sticking point remaining: should states be blocked for up to 4 years from taking action against a toxic chemical while EPA studies the chemical?
Toxic Substances Control Act
Today, more than 125 organizations sent a letter to House and Senate committee leaders spelling out in detail how the “best of both” TSCA bills emerging from the House and Senate could be combined. The groups said they would support a final bill that reflected the recommendations in the letter.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has become a common – and controversial – method for extracting natural gas and oil trapped underground. The process involves various chemicals, some of which are known to be hazardous. With the potential for contamination, it’s important to know exactly what chemicals are being used and what their health impacts are.