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Posted: Tuesday, 29 April 2014 4:00PM

Upton Promotes Chemicals In Commerce Act



Legislation overseeing the chemicals in manufactured goods has not been updated in decades. Congressman Fred Upton hopes to change that.

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He says a number of hearings and players have been involved with getting this done. Upton's goal is to update the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 with more safety measures. The new legislation could improve market access to those goods by instilling public confidence in the safety of U.S. products. Currently 96% of all manufactured goods and over 25% of the U.S. GDP is derived from chemical dependent industries. Upton hopes a bipartisan agreement can be reached by the end of this week. Lawmakers think a modernization of the law is necessary to provide the public greater confidence in the safety of U.S. chemicals and to promote more innovation and growth. The legislation will create a national standard for chemical regulation while allowing states to participate in the process.


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