"Today’s compromise moves us one step closer towards ensuring safe and healthy wildlife across our nation.”
Following an agreement to strengthen Senate Bill 697, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is set to pass legislation reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act for the first time in 39 years. The National Wildlife Federation worked with Senators Udall, Vitter, and others to improve several provisions of the draft bill and put out a letter to the committee to that effect on Monday.
Collin O’Mara, president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation (and former Secretary of Natural Resources and Environmental Control for the State of Delaware), said today of the revised bill:
“This bipartisan group of senators deserves our thanks for coming together on a bill that will improve chemical safety protections for America’s wildlife and public health. Toxic chemicals are a significant threat not only to fish and wildlife populations, but to the sportsmen and women particularly who depend on them. When toxic chemicals go unchecked they accumulate in the fish and wildlife that we love—and there are few things more heartbreaking than knowing that kids, often in cities, are catching and eating fish that are unsafe. Today’s compromise moves us one step closer towards ensuring safe and healthy wildlife across our nation.”
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