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Republican Leadership Expected to Have Widespread Impact on Industry's Agenda

2:56 PM MST | November 8, 2010 | KARA SISSELL

Industry attorneys and other Washington experts say the Republican’s control of the House next year will have an important influence on industry’s agenda, with the most significant impact expected for attempts to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). One of the biggest changes will be in the House Ways and Means Committee, where chairman Henry Waxman (D., CA) is expected to be replaced by Fred Upton (R., MI). Another important move will be for Representative Dave Camp (R., MI) whose district includes Midland, MI—corporate headquarters of Dow Chemical and Dow Corning. He is set to become chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, which has control over U.S. tax and trade policies. Camp was born and raised in Midland and continues to reside there. In a preliminary analysis of the election’s impact on the chemical industry, law firm Bergeson & Campbell (Washington) tallies the potential changes ahead for toxics, pesticides and other industry priorities....


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