President Obama Signs Chemical Safety Reform Into Law


On June 22, 2016, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law which places stronger regulations on chemicals commonly found in numerous products American consumers and businesses use, including detergents, clothing, paint thinners, and cleaners.

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is an update of the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. The new law gives the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) more oversight and authority to order safety tests for potentially harmful chemicals and substances such as formaldehyde, styrene, flame retardants and asbestos. In addition, the agency will now have greater influence in determining whether the chemicals and compounds in question should be restricted or forced off the market.

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