From one of my stock lectures on risk: "Which is more toxic?  ; Cyanide or water?" Of course, usually everyone pipes u p with "Cyanide, of course." So then I ask: "Suppose the cyanide is in a tightly closed proper container and sitting in a functionin g, properly designed and maintained exhaust hood, OR you are dropped wi th no life preserver from a helicopter into the middle of Lake Erie in January. Now which is more dangerous, the cyanide or th e water?"
Alan H. Hall, M.D.
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micals or we=92d all have to walk around with umbrellas! J
Russell Vernon, Ph.D.
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Subjec t: [DCHAS-L] REACH reaches US House
On July 22, U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush, chair of t he Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and Rep. Henry A. Waxman, chair of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, introd uced H.R. 5820, the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010 (pdf).
The Toxic Chemicals Safety Act of 2010 would amend the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 to ensure that the public and the environment are protected from risks resulting from chemical exposure. The bill:
For EPA, the bill establishes an expedited proces s to reduce exposure to persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic substanc es, allows exemptions for chemicals that are already known to be safe, directs the agency to address exposures in "hot spot" locations and to enga ge in international efforts to control dangerous chemicals.
According to the measure, EPA actions will be tra nsparent, open to public comment, and subject to judicial review, wit hout unreasonable procedural burdens.
Comment - This is the US version of the EU REACH legislation. It is supported in the Senate by a broad coalition of Senators, led by Sen Feinstein.
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