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Frosh criticizes chemical regulation bill as too weak

Frosh criticizes chemical regulation bill as too weak

WASHINGTON -- Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday criticized a bipartisan bill intended to overhaul federal chemical regulations because it would allow the Environmental Protection Agency to preempt the oversight of some chemicals by states. Congress is considering changes to the 39-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act, which members of both parties feel isn't strong enough to protect the public from hazardous materials. The bipartisan measure has been criticized by some Democrats as inadequate. One point of contention -- and the thrust of Frosh's testimony -- is a provision that would bar states from taking action on chemicals once the EPA designates them as...

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