Re "Legislation could hurt California's crusade to reduce toxic chemicals" (Viewpoints, Oct. 17): As an early leader of California's Green Chemistry Initiative, I was disappointed that Erich Pica misrepresented the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation to update federal chemical regulation.
Pica's claims that the legislation is "phony reform" and would broadly preempt state laws are inaccurate. The CSIA will leave existing state laws intact. The CSIA authorizes the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to create a coherent national approach to managing chemicals while creating new opportunities for state input into federal decision-making.
The CSIA will go a long way toward giving families confidence that products used every day are safe. The bipartisan support for CSIA is key to achieving real reform of federal chemical regulation where so many past efforts have failed. It would be a mistake to let this unique opportunity pass us by.
-- Maureen Gorsen, Sacramento, former director, California Department of Toxic Substances Control