President signs law on stronger regulations of household chemical products

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COLUMBIA - President Obama has signed a law requiring stronger regulations on household chemical products.

Bill H.R. 2576  will put regulations on things like detergents, paint thinners and cleansers. The bill, 'Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act,' will give the Environmental Protection Agency more power to regulate chemicals that could cause cancer or other health problems in adults and children.

The bill gives the EPA the power to prioritize existing and new chemicals and conduct safety assignments of chemicals. 

Shift Leader at Ace Hardware store Zak Shern specializes in paints and paint thinners and said the bill could be a benefit.

"I do think it's a good idea that we have safer paint thinners available for our customers and that are safer for our environment, but I do think also we should have the regular paint thinners because some of these don't have the same percentage and work as well as the regular paint thinners," Shern said.

He said that environmental products, that are healthier and don't have dangerous chemicals, are typically cheaper, which is an incentive for customers.