Chemical Industry Pushes for a Coherent Regulation

Published By : 17 Sep 2014 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

The chemical industry is trying bring in a legislation that will set standards for chemicals that are used into each and every product, right from cellphones to household goods and all the way to plastic water bottles. The industry is pushing this legislation with all its muscle. This will make it tougher for states to enact their respective legislations too.  As many states acted showed an initiation on their own, the legislation has gotten the much-needed attention from the chemical industry.

American Chemistry Council spokeswoman, Anne Kolton stated that have an umbrella cohesive and coherent federal system will prove beneficial for the industry instead of every state have different set of regulations.

The groups supporting this legislation include DuPont, BASF Corp., 3M, and Dow. They have already spent US$6 million on lobbying in the first half of 2014.

Many group and the industry as a whole concurs that the current law governing chemical industry needs a massive overhaul. Way back in 2010, President Cancer Panel had already stated, the existing law is the perfect example of egregious regulation to control environmental contaminants.

The urgent need for revamping the law comes after a spill in West Virginia which contaminated drinking water for 300,000 residents. The chemical which caused the contamination, crude MCHM is one of those unregulated chemicals under the present law.

West Virginia which is not aggressive in its chemical regulation supports the current movement. Chief of homeland security and emergency response for the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Michael Dorsey stated that the existing programs have to protected while the states which do not have any, must be given due protection too.
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