The bipartisan Chemical Safety Improvement Act provides "a real opportunity" to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act and "make federal chemical regulation more effective," writes Steve Owens, former Environmental Protection Agency assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. "Some have criticized the CSIA because it would preempt various state efforts. But the simple fact is that TSCA was supposed to do the same thing -- the only reason the existing preemption language hasn't had more of an effect is that EPA has been unable to take meaningful action on chemicals," he writes. Owens notes that CSIA would allow EPA waivers for certain state rules, and the bill's sponsors are working to address other pre-emption-related concerns.

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