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U.S. Senate Committee Sends a Global Message on Eliminating Toxic Chemicals

September 11, 2012 Leave a comment

By Baskut Tuncak, originally posted on August 1, 2012

Senators Lautenberg and Durbin, pushing to fix a broken chemical law

Senators Lautenberg and Durbin, pushing to fix a broken chemical law

For the first time in 36 years, the U.S. Congress took a significant step towards fixing the ineffective law that primarily governs the use of toxic chemicals in America’s workplaces, homes, schools, and almost every other facet of our everyday lives.  This is a monumental step, not just for the U.S., but for public health around the globe. Read more…

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2011 Senate TSCA bill would enable U.S. leadership on global POPs treaty

June 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Parties (green) and Non-Parties (yellow) to the Stockholm Convention (Russia is a Party, as of June 27, 2011)

Proposed federal legislation to revamp the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) could pave the way for the United States to join three important international treaties, according to a new CIEL publication.   “U.S. Law and the Stockholm POPs Convention:  Analysis of treaty-implementing provisions in pending legislation,” reviews the Safe Chemicals Act (S. 847), a bill introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg in April of 2011 and its relation to international obligations under these international agreements. Read more…

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Known Unknowns

April 4, 2011 Leave a comment

By Baskut Tuncak

Baskut Tuncak, Staff Attorney

In reflecting on his revolutionary achievements, Sir Isaac Newton explained, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”  Implicit in this statement is the recognition of information as an essential part of the foundation for technological innovation.

In the 21st century, information has captured the attention of a broad spectrum of actors, namely:  authors (James Gleick), on its historical role; internet powerhouses (Google), as a matter of foreign policy; and even the U.S. Supreme Court (FCC v. AT&T Inc.), with respect to a corporation’s right to privacy.

While the importance of information isn’t exactly a new idea, in the world of chemical policy, the confidentiality of certain types of information can directly affect public health and hinder the innovation of safer alternatives.  Read more…

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A Bipartisan Crossroads on Global Toxics?

January 7, 2011 3 comments

By Daryl Ditz

Last month, the feisty lame duck Congress heeded a bipartisan chorus of advice, from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton, in voting to ratify a new nuclear weapons treaty to reduce the risks of dangerous materials falling into the wrong hands. Could the new Congress find bipartisan agreement to ratify a global treaty to reduce the risks of the “worst of the worst” toxic chemicals?

The answer hinges on whether Congress can decide how to upgrade the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), a law so weak and toothless it leaves the United States sidelined in the international chemicals arena. The nub of the issue is that under TSCA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is nearly powerless to regulate dangerous chemicals, even when the rest of the world has taken action. To ratify the POPs treaty, we have to strengthen this obsolete law.

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