By Joel Williams
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Tom Udall (D-NM), the Senate Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health Subcommittee Chairman, will take over sponsorship of a bill proposed by the late Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) to create tighter restrictions on the chemical industry. The most recent chemical regulations bill, The Toxic Substances Control Act, was signed into law by President Gerald Ford in 1976. The bill would create a number of new regulations for the Environmental Protection Agency, including a safety review of all chemicals currently marketed in the United States. Udall believes such a bill is important because many states do not have chemical regulation laws, and he feels that current federal regulations are lacking. The Republican co-sponsor of the bill is David Vitter (R-LA), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.