Any reform bill on the management of toxic substances must include the ability for industry to assess and manage risk, said Cal Dooley, president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council. Activist demands for more stringent federal regulation of all chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act would overload the Environmental Protection Agency, and "the whole system will implode," Dooley said. Bills to reform the TSCA are expected to be introduced by Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., and Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., although the legislation appears unlikely to pass before the midterm elections.

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