The bipartisan Lautenberg-Vitter bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act represents a "breakthrough" that is "grounded in sound scientific understanding," writes Charles M. Auer, former director of the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics. The bill "deals with what I consider to be the central failing of TSCA by giving the EPA streamlined authority to require industry to conduct chemical testing using any of several regulatory approaches," he adds. Maureen Gorsen, former head California's Department of Toxic Substances Control, agrees that "all states, including those states that have passed chemical laws of their own (even California), should welcome the prospect of a far more effective federal regulatory program."

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