Industry-Supported Chemical Bill Straight From 'Merchants Of Doubt' Playbook, Critics Say

January 1, 1970 12:00 AM

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Industry-Supported Chemical Bill Straight From 'Merchants Of Doubt' Playbook, Critics Say

Tuesday's unveiling of a bipartisan bill in Congress that would reform how the nation regulates toxic chemicals sparked fervor among environmental and public health advocates. One group said the legislation may improve public health protections, but many more warned it may prove a step backward -- notably by stymying chemical-safety efforts by states.

Critics also said they're suspicious of the chemical industry's role in drafting and garnering support for the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the proposed update to a nearly 40-year-old law that just about everyone agrees is too weak and outdated. The industry's involv...

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