"House Dems: Bill Weakens Chemical Safety"

"House Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee are warning that the GOP's second attempt to reform the nation's chemical laws could jeopardize state and local regulations on hydraulic fracturing.

"We believe this language is so broad that it could capture state and local laws designed to protect the environment and public health from chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process," committee Ranking Member Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Environment and the Economy subcommittee Ranking Member Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) wrote Monday in a letter to subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-Ill.).

The letter comes one day before the Environment and the Economy subcommittee considers a draft bill that would reform the nation's decades-old chemical laws."

Tim Devaney reports for The Hill April 28, 2014.


House Energy Committee Hearing Notice

Source: The Hill, 04/29/2014