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Daniel Rosenberg, Senior Attorney, Washington DC

Daniel Rosenberg

Born in San Francisco. Youth, college, law school. Fifteen years of environmental advocacy. Family including a cat.

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Unsportsmen-like Conduct: Senate Sportsmen bill weakens protection from toxic chemicals

Posted May 29, 2014 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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This is a slightly revised version of yesterday’s post.  When the Senate returns from its recess next week, it will likely vote on legislation that would weaken existing protections from exposure to toxic chemicals.  Senator Kay Hagan is this year’s...continued

The New House TSCA Draft is a Dud. Discuss.

Posted April 28, 2014 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Last week, House Republicans released their second version of a Discussion Draft of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Reform legislation.  The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Environment and Economy Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the draft this week.  Andy...continued

The Chemicals in Commerce Act is A(nother) TSCA Bill Only Industry Could Love

Posted March 11, 2014 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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With the House scheduled to hold another hearing on TSCA this week, it’s a good time to take stock of where things stand on TSCA reform. House Republicans recently unveiled a discussion draft of their notion of TSCA “reform” legislation....continued

The Chemical Safety Improvement Act will not solve the problems illustrated by the West Virginia chemical spill

Posted January 15, 2014 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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In the wake of the recent chemical spill into the Elk River and the drinking water supply of several hundred thousand West Virginians, a new call has been raised to quickly move bi-partisan legislation introduced in May 2013 to reform...continued

Some Things Never Change: The Chemical Industry Still Opposes Real Safe Chemicals Legislation

Posted April 26, 2013 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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This month, New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg and New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand introduced the Safe Chemicals Act, for the new Congress.  The bill would repair a badly broken federal law – The Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA) – which...continued

EPA Acts to Inform the Public While Congress Idles, Benefitting the Chemical Industry

Posted February 11, 2013 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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EPA deserves credit for overcoming chemical industry opposition, and, at best, resistance from the White House, and improving the chemical reporting program under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  Today, the agency released the first set of information under its...continued

For (Chinese) New Year: Winds of Change Threaten to Topple the Chemical Industry's House of Cards

Posted February 11, 2013 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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With the arrival of Chinese New Year, 2013 is shaping up to be another banner year when the chemical industry’s decades of deception and purchased power in Washington DC will come home to roost in the form of state-level regulation...continued

Rush to Lack of Judgment: Senate Poised to Waive Toxics Law as Expert Science Panel Highlights Health Risks of Lead on Military Shooting Ranges

Posted December 6, 2012 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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A new report by an expert panel of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences calls into greater question an effort by Senators to rush through regulatory exemptions for lead and other toxic chemicals. The bill is...continued

Let Them Eat Lead (and Drink Whatever Replaces Perchlorate)

Posted November 26, 2012 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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As the Senate prepares to vote on Senator Tester’s “Sportsmen’s Bill” this afternoon – and the issue had some coverage in today’s Washington Post -- I’ll take this opportunity to correct a few mistaken notions that have been offered about...continued

Thanks, but No Thanks: Bill to Carve Special Exemptions from Toxics Law is a Turkey

Posted November 22, 2012 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Like every American, I’m thankful to live in a country that has a reasonably well-functioning democracy – where we can vote for our President and representatives in Congress – where we are not subject to totalitarian or military rule.  Recognizing...continued

Will the Senate Vote to Exempt Lead, Perchlorate, and other Chemicals from TSCA?

Posted November 13, 2012 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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When the Senate returns today for the start of its lame duck session, the first bill it is expected to take up is Senator John Tester’s “Sportsmen’s Act of 2012.” The bill S. 3525, is really a package of different...continued

The Absurdity of Influence: The Chemical Industry Relies on Money and Shamelessness in Bid to Block Reform in Washington

Posted November 8, 2012 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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There are two major pillars that help the chemical industry wield power in Washington and in state capitols around the country.  First, of course, is money.   A recent report by Common Cause, “Toxic Spending: The Political Expenditures of the Chemical...continued

Something's Coming, Something Good: Despite Chemical Industry Opposition, Safe Chemicals Act Gets Vote in Senate EPW Committee

Posted July 25, 2012 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today, something good will happen here in Washington. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will vote on the Safe Chemicals Act, legislation introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg to reform the badly broken current law that is supposed to protect...continued

New Polls Show Public Support for Chemical Reform as Flame Retardant Scandal Prods Senate to Act

Posted July 23, 2012 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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The Senate is showing some signs of life on the subject of chemical reform, with two hearings on the flame retardant scandal exposed by the Chicago Tribune and, finally, a mark-up of the Safe Chemicals Act in the Environment and...continued

Swift Boating Science: Who Will Oppose the Chemical Industry's Pro-Cancer Agenda?

Posted May 31, 2012 by Daniel Rosenberg in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, The Media and the Environment, U.S. Law and Policy

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As discussed in my last post, the chemical industry, “Big Chemical,” has a pro-cancer agenda: to block any mandatory regulation to control the use of chemicals that cause cancer (at the federal or state level), and to prevent or discredit...continued

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