02 November 2006 15:06 [Source: ICIS news]
By Joe Kamalick
A shift from Republican to Democrat control in the US House and possibly in the Senate would impact a range of issues crucial to
A Democrat win also will likely mean an immediate course change in how Congress would align US environmental laws with the 2001
Legislation advanced in Congress this year, known as the Gillmor bill after its sponsor, Representative Paul Gillmor (Republican-Ohio), would give US regulators considerable leeway in implementing any future chemical bans agreed to by the more than 100 other governments that have ratified the Stockholm agreement.
Under the Gillmor bill, future chemicals targeted for elimination under the international
The Gillmor measure also would pre-empt state law on POPs chemicals, meaning that
The Gillmor bill was passed out of committee in the House on a strictly partisan vote, pushed forward by the Republican majority. It did not come to a vote before the full House, and the
If Democrats win control of the House in next Tuesday’s vote, it is likely that the Gillmor bill will be out of contention, replaced instead by a bill sponsored by Representative Hilda Solis (Democrat-California).
The Solis measure would have the US adopt the Stockholm treaty’s standard for banning other chemicals, a criteria that turns on a target chemical’s threat to human health and the environment rather than its secondary benefits to society.
In addition, the Solis measure would allow individual states to enact POPs restrictions more stringent than those in the Solis bill itself.
When the Solis bill was introduced earlier this year, the American Chemistry Council said it “would force the
Mike Walls, the council’s manager for regulatory affairs, said passage of the Solis bill would be tantamount to the
The outcome of next Tuesday’s elections could indeed bring a shift in the balance of power in
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