"California And Other States Fight Changes in Toxic Chemicals Law"

"WASHINGTON -- A proposed overhaul of how the country regulates toxic chemicals came under sharp attack [Wednesday] from officials of California and several other states."

"Backers of the bipartisan plan say it would make the public safer by giving the federal government broader authority to test and regulate chemicals. But in return for backing that greater federal authority, the chemical industry has insisted on limits to the power of states to add additional regulations of their own.

In a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Michael Troncoso, senior counsel for the California attorney general's office, warned the panel that the measure would have “potentially crippling effects” on California’s ability to enforce some of its landmark consumer protection laws and “strip away in a significant way the state’s ability to regulate toxics.”"

Evan Halper reports for the Los Angeles Times July 31, 2013.

Source: LA Times, 08/01/2013