With Lautenberg Gone, Chem Safety Advocates Look for New Champion

"Advocates of chemical safety -- along with activists who have worked a score of other issues -- say they've lost a lion-hearted champion with the death yesterday of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.)."

"And whether anybody can fill those shoes on the long-stalled effort to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act remains to be seen.

Lautenberg had reached a major breakthrough last month with the announcement that he had partnered with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) to draft a bipartisan bill to overhaul TSCA, the first major reform to that bill since its passage in 1976. The support of the industry-friendly Vitter, along with 18 other bipartisan co-sponsors, seemed to clear a potential path for some sort of reform, even one that public health advocates deemed a step down from his previous bills."

Jason Plautz reports for Environment & Energy Daily June 4, 2013.


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"Lautenberg Left a Lasting Mark on Public Health" (Washington Post)

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Source: E&E Daily, 06/04/2013