July 30, 2013 - SAN FRANCISCO -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today released a letter that she and eight other Attorneys General sent to Congress strongly objecting to the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (S.1009) in its current form.
The letter outlines their shared concern that S.1009, which amends the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), jeopardizes public health and safety by severely limiting states’ long-standing power to protect the public from toxic chemicals.
“This bill puts Californians at risk from toxic chemicals and inhibits the development of safer, cleaner products,” said Attorney General Harris. “California is a national leader in protecting public health and the environment from dangerous chemicals–and we aim to stay that way.”
California was joined by Attorneys Generals from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont and Washington. The letter outlines shared concern that S.1009’s preemption provisions are too broad.
In California the following programs, among others, are at risk under the current version of S.1009:
Michael Troncoso, Senior Counsel to Attorney General Harris, will testify Wednesday on the bill in front of the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Environment and Public Works.
Last month, Attorney General Harris’ office sent a letter to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer outlining initial concerns about S.1009.
The Attorneys General letter can be found attached to this release at: TSCA Multistate Letter