Dec. 14 - US: Maine DEP Says Federal Chemical Regulations Do Not Protect the Public

Posted Date: 
Monday, December 14, 2009

From The Free Press:

Maine's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) released a set of principles last week to try to ensure that the debate in the U.S. Congress over reforming the nation's chemical policy stays focused on protecting public health and the environment. The principles were developed through a collaboration of 13 states - California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

According to [David Littell, commissioner of the Maine DEP], the 33-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) does not contain powerful enough tools to safely monitor and control the tens of thousands of chemicals used every day in the United States, so, as Congress debates TSCA's future, environmental officials in 13 states are seeking reform of one of the nation's signature environmental laws.

For more information or to see the State's Principles click on the link above.

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