U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, today announced additional support for the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), which he coauthored and introduced with the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.). Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) has taken over as the lead democratic Senator working with Vitter to further strengthen and improve the bipartisan legislation to reform the outdated Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
"Our nation is currently regulating chemicals under a law that is 38 years old, which is antiquated at best and in dire need of reform," said Vitter. "The Chemical Safety Improvement Act is a carefully crafted compromise that provides real opportunity to significantly overhaul a major environmental law for the first time in decades, and I am proud to announce the support of additional organizations from around the country."
Earlier this month, the National Hispanic Medical Association announced their support of the CSIA. The NHMA represents 45,000 licensed Hispanic physicians throughout the country. Five union groups have also announced support of the bipartisan legislation.
The CSIA is cosponsored by 12 Democrats and 13 Republicans. Additionally, two previous senior EPA toxics officials under President's Obama and Bush have lauded the bipartisan compromise legislation to reform the nation's chemical laws.