State and Local Governments Step Into Toxics Regulation
According to the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), federal inaction on chemicals management and regulation has spurred state and even local government entities to step into toxics regulation. CIEL issued a position paper last May, Cloudy Skies, Chance of Sun: A Forecast for U.S. Reform of Chemicals Policy, predicting exactly this result. CIEL points to the fact that at least six states that have enacted legislation or issued some other state initiative to restrict certain polybrominated flame retardants. As discussed below, several recent initiatives tend to support the view that state and local governments are more willing now than previously to consider legislation on and issue regulations pertinent to chemical substances.