Lautenberg Bill Puts Chemical Safety Burden Of Proof On Industry
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Legislation introduced in the Senate would update the Toxic Substances Control Act and set the responsibility for chemical safety substantiation squarely on manufacturers' shoulders.
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