Legislation unveiled last week in the House would give the Environmental Protection Agency power to monitor commercial chemicals and ban their use if they are determined to be unsafe. The bill, an update of the Toxic Substances Control Act, would require chemical companies to send the EPA information about the identity, hazard, exposure and use of every chemical they import or manufacture. The American Chemistry Council called the reform proposal "a step toward modernization of the nation's chemical-safety laws," but emphasized the need protect the industry's ability to innovate and provide jobs.

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