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Whitfield Votes to Modernize 40 Year Old Process for Managing Hazardous Chemicals in Commerce

Whitfield Votes to Modernize 40 Year Old Process for Managing Hazardous Chemicals in Commerce

Bill Stephens

May 25th, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Ed Whitfield (KY-01) on Tuesday voted in favor of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act.  Whitfield released the following statement upon passage:

“Public confidence in the safety of chemicals and the products that contain them are vital to our economic growth.  The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was first enacted in 1976 in an effort to manage and regulate hazardous chemicals.  Given industry advancements and increases in interstate and global commerce that have taken place over the past 40 years, TSCA was simply no longer adequate to provide the necessary safety protections to consumers while at the same time continuing to encourage industry growth and innovation.  As a Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I am proud to have worked with my colleagues in a bipartisan manner to advance this important legislation providing much-needed updates and improvements to our nation’s chemical safety laws.

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