By MATTHEW DALY
WASHINGTON (AP) --
A bipartisan bill to update regulation of harmful chemicals for the first time
in nearly 40 years is drawing opposition from some Democrats and environmental
groups. They say it's a step backward in protecting health and the environment.
Tom Udall of New Mexico and Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, who are
proposing the bill, call it a common-sense update to a 1976 law widely seen as
ineffective. The bill would set safety standards for thousands of chemicals
that are now unregulated and offer protections for those vulnerable to their
effects, such as pregnant women, children and workers.
regulation took on new urgency after a crippling spill in West Virginia last
year contaminated drinking water for 300,000 people. The chemical, crude MCHM,
is unregulated under current law.
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