Death of bill co-sponsor should not hurt TSCA reform: ACC leader

04 June 2013 22:28  [Source: ICIS news]

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (ICIS)--Mondays death of US Senator Frank Lautenberg (Democrat-New Jersey) should not derail bipartisan legislation to modernise the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the president of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) said on Tuesday.

Lautenberg,
who died of viral pneumonia at the age of 89, was co-sponsor along with Senator David Vitter (Republican-Louisiana) of a compromise TSCA reform bill called the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), which has broad support among chemical sector leaders, nongovernmental organizations and some environmental groups.

Passing the CSIA bill would be a fitting way to pay respects to Lautenberg, who long was a proponent of chemical safety, said
ACC leader Cal Dooley, who made his comments at the organisations annual meeting.

Clearly, Senator Lautenberg has been the one senator that, over a period of time, has invested the most time and effort into
TSCA reform, said Dooley, a former congressman. Its unfortunate that it took so long to develop a bipartisan proposal that he was the primary lead on.

But I think he has such a legacy of goodwill in the Senate that his colleagues see this as an opportunity to facilitate the passage of the Lautenberg-Vitter bill as a tribute to his service to the Senate and on this issue, Dooley said.

The ACC annual meeting concludes on Tuesday.


By: Jeremy Pafford
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