More on the Safe Chemicals Act

Chicago Tribune reporter Michael Hawthorne has a story this morning giving more background and more context on Senate Environnment and Public Works Committee's passage of the Safe Chemicals Act, which would update the 35-year-old toxic substances rules. (See below for original blog post.)

He explains that democratic N.J. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg has introduced similar legislation every year since 2005, and that this time he "pared back" several of the toughest provisions.

The Tribune has been following this closely since its frecent series, "Playing With Fire," about the dangers of flame retardants, found in furnishing, baby items, electronics and other household goods.