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The bill called "Protecting America's Families from Toxic Chemicals Act" would phase out chemicals that don't break down in the environment.

 

Examples of such chemicals are mercury, lead and flame retardants.

 

"It's especially harmful to families.  They often end up in our food.  These chemicals are in our clothing, a pizza box.  These dangerous chemicals can cause fatal diseases like cancer, birth defects and learning disabilities."

 

Merkley says these chemicals have remained unregulated because congress hasn't updated chemical safety laws since the 1970's.

 

The phase out would apply to all sues, except where the chemical would affect national security or would cause a significant disruption to the economy and there is not an alternative.

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • I-84,Troutdale MP 17 - 62, in the Coumbia Gorge remains closed. The highway is closed EB at Exit 17 in Troutdale. Trucks use US-26 to OR-35 as an alternate route.

 

  • Construction at 27th Street . Northbound Lane Closed from Ferguson to Bear Creek.  Detour in place.

 

  • 27th and Bear Creek Rd intersection varying traffic control changes

 

  • O.B. Riley Road South-bound lane closed south of Mervin Samples Rd (12/17)