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July 23rd, 2010
04:05 PM ET

Lautenberg bill aims to boost dispersant safety

More  information is needed to determine the safety of the chemicals being used to help contain spilled oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, says Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey. He announced plans at a recent hearing  to introduce a bill to ensure longer-term testing of the chemicals, known as dispersants.

The bill, expected to be introduced early next week, would require dispersants to be tested for health effects under a variety of conditions, ban the use of non-approved dispersants and require chemical ingredients in dispersants to be made public.

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