U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) has been named Chairman of the Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health Subcommittee of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
“We need to leave our children with a cleaner, safer environment,” Lautenberg said. “New Jersey has more Superfund sites that any state in the nation and – like many environmental programs – Superfund was neglected and underfunded for the last eight years. Our subcommittee will get these programs back on track and better protect our environment. I also intend to reform how we regulate chemicals in everyday household products so they are safe before winding up in the hands of consumers.”
Lautenberg says he intends to reintroduce the Kids Safe Chemicals Act, and legislation to force polluters to pay for Superfund cleanups.
Lautenberg will continue to serve on the Senate Appropriations and Commerce committees and continue to chair the Commerce subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security.