Are there places where existing regulations haven kept pace with changes in society?

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Are there places where existing regulations haven kept pace with changes in society?

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In the case of air and water, it’s not so much that the challenges have changed; it’s that we owe the American people tough regulations that will stand up to legal scrutiny, because the regulations put forward by the Bush administration haven’t in many instances, especially with respect to air. Have some threats been overlooked? One real challenge before us is to deal with the issue of toxic chemicals. Part of EPA’s bread and butter, and one of the things that only EPA does in government, is to assess toxic chemicals and then communicate the risk associated with them to the American people and to people who want to manufacture with chemicals. I think it’s fair to say that most Americans right now have lost confidence in the federal government’s ability to adequately assess the huge range of new chemicals that are coming on the market and being introduced into the environment. We need to beef up our efforts. What chemicals, specifically? Last year, for example, many people were alarmed

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