Congress Moves Toward Strengthening EPA's Hand on Chemical Safety

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Science  23 Apr 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5977, pp. 417
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5977.417-a

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for regulating more than 80,000 industrial chemicals, but for more than 30 years it's been hamstrung in its ability to demand lab tests and safety data from companies. Now two bills in Congress would change that. If passed, the bills would require chemical companies to provide much more safety data to EPA. The proposed legislation also expands EPA's role in determining safety, which some say could drive advances in toxicological research.