On June 7, the U.S. Senate gave final approval to an overhaul of the nation's 40-year-old law regulating the use of toxic chemicals in homes and businesses. The House had approved the measure last month. The measure will update the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act and require new testing and regulation of thousands of chemicals used in everyday products. The new bill would require the Environmental Protection Agency to begin conducting tests on those 64,000 chemicals, but efforts could be slow. The agency would examine approximately 20 chemicals at a time, with a deadline of seven years per chemical. This would allow the agency's regulations to preempt stronger state-level rules. The bill now goes to President Barack Obama for his expected signature.
The New York Times (06/08/16) Davenport, Coral