Chemical companies agree that the toxic substances act needs a serious update. However, legislative efforts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 carry provisions that may delay the speedy approval of the bill, said Cal Dooley, president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council. Although the chemical industry supports reform, the bill sets unrealistically high standards for chemicals to be deemed safe for use, and "undermines business certainty by allowing states to adopt their own regulations and create a lack of regulatory uniformity for chemicals and the products that use them," Dooley added.

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