US Senate committee sets hearing to discuss chemicals, reform

29 July 2013 18:45  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee will discuss toxic chemical threats in a hearing set for Wednesday, according to a meeting notice made available on Monday.

The committee will host a hearing entitled “Strengthening Public Health Protections by Addressing Toxic Chemical Threats”. No witnesses to speak before the committee have been announced at this time.

Last week, a top chemicals sector official said that reported plans by Senator Barbara Boxer (Democrat-California) to scrap the recently announced bipartisan Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform bill and start over could doom the effort to get a modernised chemicals control bill through Congress.

Boxer is the chairperson of the Senate committee hosting the hearing.

Boxer was reported recently by the San Francisco Chronicle to be adamantly opposed to the revamped chemicals bill, charging that it would usurp California’s own rules on chemicals in commerce.

The bill, called the “Chemical Safety Improvement Act” (CSIA), would pre-empt any state laws in conflict with the federal measure.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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