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ACI and IFRA Applaud as Chemical Safety Legislation Passes in Senate

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Chemical companies and allied regulatory organizations have another reason to celebrate this holiday season. The passing of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety of the 21st Century Act is a significant feat for the reformation of the United States' outdated chemical management and safety laws. Named after the late New Jersey senator, Lautenberg's efforts in petitioning the government to update U.S. chemical regulation is now on its way to the President's desk.

The legislation is aimed towards protecting health and safety of consumers while encouraging U.S. companies to compete in a global marketplace by encouraging innovative, sustainable products.

U.S. Senator, Joe Manchin explained that this "groundbreaking legislation [will] modernize our severely outdated chemical regulatory system."

He added, "Updating chemical safety laws is necessary to ensure we can properly manage toxic chemicals and prepare for the unlikely event of another accident."

Safety is the Number One Priority

These chemicals, which can found in everyday products from clothing to paper materials, will undergo stronger oversight in ensuring safety prior to public release.

Allied organizations and companies applauded the efforts of those pushing for legislation on Capitol Hill:

"The Senate's action represents a major milestone in the multi-year effort to bring U.S. chemical safety laws into the 21st century," said Ernie Rosenberg, president and CEO, American Cleaning Institute.

"We thank the members of the Senate for passing this critical piece of legislation...this bill is a demonstration in bipartisanship and signifies the overwhelming support for meaningful reform," said Jennifer Abril, president, IFRA North America.

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