Saturday, July 9, 2011

Bill Would Let Feds Ban Some Chemicals

I know this may be a little jarring on a Saturday morning, but I think it's an important step nonetheless and one worth supporting. There are so many of us who wonder if these chemicals are harmful to our health.

A new bill could alter the landscape of chemical regulation in the United States by empowering researchers to take swift action against the most potentially harmful chemicals in use today.
The bill, to be introduced later this month, would give the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and a panel of experts selected by the director, the power to ban up to 10 chemicals from commerce each year by categorizing them as being of high concern.
Those chemicals would become unlawful to use 24 months after receiving that designation.

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