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WASHINGTON (Apr. 3, 2014) – The following statement can be attributed to the American Chemistry Council (ACC) in response to today’s mark-up by the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works of S. 1961, the Chemical Safety and Drinking Water Protection Act of 2014, a bill to protect surface water from contamination by chemical storage tanks:
"ACC supports Congressional efforts to ensure unfortunate events like the one that affected thousands of lives in West Virginia do not happen in the future. We commend Senator Manchin for his leadership on this important issue and for his commitment to continue working in a bipartisan manner to achieve sensible legislation that would strengthen public safety through enhanced regulation of chemical storage tanks. While we are still evaluating the details of today's amendment to S. 1961, we welcome the progress that has apparently been made by Senators Manchin, Boxer and Vitter to refine the bill. ACC looks forward to working with the Senate as the bill makes its way to the floor.
"We are hopeful that in addition to finding ways for states to prevent incidents like the one in West Virginia, members will also be spurred to move forward on legislation that is currently pending before the Committee to update the federal Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). ACC strongly supports the Chemical Safety Improvement Act (CSIA), compromise legislation introduced by the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, Senator David Vitter and Senator Tom Udall. With 25 bipartisan cosponsors, the CSIA requires that all chemicals in commerce undergo a safety evaluation, including 'grandfathered' chemicals; gives EPA more authority to request additional information about chemicals from manufacturers and processors; increases the transparency of information about chemicals; and enhances cooperation between state and federal regulators. We urge Committee leadership to act on the CSIA."