Watching Government: Lautenberg's safety legacy

At first glance, Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) did not have as much impact on the oil and gas industry as other US senators before he died on June 3. A closer look, however, reveals that his ongoing interest in chemical safety left its mark on refining and petrochemicals. That impact could continue. Lautenberg and David Vitter (R-La.), the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee's ranking minority member who frequently criticizes federal government overreach, jointly introduced legislation on May 22 designed to update and improve the federal Toxic Substances Control Act. They said their "Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013" would require safety evaluations for all chemica...

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