Laws & Regulations

"Senators Push Feds To Raise Liability Stakes On Mackinac Pipeline"

"Michigan's two Democratic senators want the Department of Transportation to change the way it regulates oil pipelines crossing underneath the Great Lakes in order to raise the liability stakes should they break and cause a spill."

Source: Grand Rapids Press, 05/23/2016

New EPA PFOA Advisory: More Communities Have Dangerous Drinking Water

"The EPA announced new drinking water health advisory levels today for the industrial chemicals PFOA and PFOS. The new levels — .07 parts per billion (ppb) for both chemicals — are significantly lower than standards the agency issued in 2009, which were .4 ppb for PFOA and .2 ppb for PFOS."

Source: The Intercept, 05/20/2016

"Lawmakers Reach Deal to Expand Regulation of Toxic Chemicals"

"House and Senate negotiators reached agreement on Thursday on far-reaching legislation to overhaul the nation’s 40-year-old law governing toxic chemicals, a compromise that would subject thousands of household chemicals to regulation for the first time.

Public health advocates and environmentalists have complained for decades that the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act is outdated and riddled with gaps that leave Americans exposed to harmful chemicals. Under current law, around 64,000 chemicals are not subject to environmental testing or regulation.

Source: NY Times, 05/20/2016


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