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Rhode Island senator wants to strengthen toxic chemicals law

Though new regulations have been difficult to get passed, at least on politician is taking a stand. Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is pushing for a new bill that would “update and strengthen the [Toxic Substances Control Act] act.” Currently the act bans only 5 of the more than 80,000 chemicals in commercial use, which includes hazardous chemicals such as asbestos. Senator Whitehouse says the new legislation would “require safety reviews for all chemicals in commerce, require the EPA to ensure any new chemicals are safe before they can enter into commerce and set federal standards to provide regulatory certainty for the industry, among other changes.” Rhode Island Toy maker Hasbro has joined Senator Whitehouse’s fight against toxic chemicals, and it’s believed the bill has strong support within the Senate.

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