A striking difference between the Senate and House bills is their length. But does a “comprehensive” bill necessarily mean a better chemical safety program?
The Senate bill would preempt states earlier, creating a regulatory “void,” in which neither federal or state governments can restrict chemicals.
You may not have noticed yet but there’s an epic battle about to break wide open and onto the floors of Congress regarding our nation’s chemical safety policies. The chemical industry would like to preserve as much of the status quo as possible, with few restrictions on how they produce and distribute chemicals. The nation’s […]
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”…
The new Vitter-Udall legislation isn’t just “not good enough.” It’s not good.
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.
Despite industry’s relentless campaign to overturn the ban on these extremely toxic chemicals, we are heartened that the science and concern for the protection of children’s health won out, at least at this step of the process.
With the exception of education policy, there’s probably no other issue where states’ rights are paramount than when it comes to the health of its residents. Congress is currently considering a bill that would have devastating consequences to public health in Washington state if they don’t make major changes to the proposal.
We were fortunate to have a great group of health partners who came to DC to join us in meetings on Capitol Hill last week.
The chemical industry fights state legislators tooth and nail as they try to pass protective policies, pulling all of the dirty tricks out of their play books. The good news is public health leaders are standing up to the chemical industry in New York state. The New York state legislature has been considering important legislation, the Child Safe Products Act, that would protect New York families from toxic chemicals.