Chemical industry may take on burdens of reform, but trade-offs await

11/2/2010 | Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.), The

Reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act will bring health benefits to consumers, as a proposed bill would shift the burden of proof to chemical companies to prove product safety, according to this newspaper editorial. The chemical industry is also in favor of reforms, but says testing and disclosure provisions entail additional costs that may hamper competitiveness. The editorial argues that the bill also would boost chemical firms, as it could "build consumer confidence with a government seal of approval on their products, and it may be easier to do business based on one federal standard."

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