April 28, 2015

Manchin Applauds Committee Passage of Bill to Protect Families and Communities from Toxic Chemicals

Washington, D.C. – As a lead cosponsor and a staunch advocate of chemical safety reforms, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin applauded the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee for the passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. The committee voted 15-5 to move forward the bipartisan legislation, which would ensure the safety of the chemicals Americans use every day by updating the United States’ outdated chemical regulatory program. 
The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is the result of a bipartisan agreement that Senator Manchin helped to mediate after nearly two years of deliberations and negotiations. Lawmakers, stakeholders, and affected community leaders helped craft this groundbreaking legislation that would ensure the EPA safely oversees consumer products to better protect American families. The legislation would create a predictable and transparent federal system to regulate the safety of chemicals based on the latest science, provide greater regulatory certainty to the chemical manufacturing industry and strike a balance between state and federal roles in chemical safety management.
“I applaud the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for passing out of committee this groundbreaking legislation that will modernize our severely outdated chemical regulatory system,” Senator Manchin said. “Today, we are one step closer to honoring the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, who dedicated his life to protecting public health and fixing America’s chemical safety laws. This bill proves that bipartisan compromise can still work in Washington when people are committed to coming together to find commonsense solutions. I urge Senate leadership to bring this critical bill to the Senate floor for a vote without delay in order to protect the health and safety of the American people.”