S. 50: Strengthening Protections for Children and Communities From Disease Clusters Act

Jan 22, 2013
Referred to Committee
17% chance of being enacted
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Barbara Boxer
Junior Senator from California
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Jan 22, 2013
29 pages
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S. 76 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Jun 09, 2011


This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on January 22, 2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Introduced Jan 22, 2013
Referred to Committee Jan 22, 2013
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Passed Senate ...
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84% chance of getting past committee.
17% chance of being enacted.

Only 11% of bills made it past committee and only about 3% were enacted in 2011–2013. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

A bill to direct the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate and address cancer and disease clusters, including in infants and children.


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Library of Congress Summary

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Strengthening Protections for Children and Communities From Disease Clusters Act - Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to:
(1) develop, publish, and update guidelines on an approach to investigate suspected or potential disease clusters, environmental pollutants or toxic substances associated with such clusters, or potential causes of such clusters;
(2) establish and operate Regional Disease Cluster Information and Response Centers and Regional Disease Cluster Information and Response Teams;
(3) ensure that the Office of Children's Health Protection has a prominent role in developing and updating such guidelines and in establishing and operating such Centers and Teams;
(4) establish Community Disease Cluster Advisory Committees to provide oversight, guidance, and advice relating to such investigations;
(5) provide support to individuals on such Teams and Committees through grants and cooperative agreements with institutions of higher education;
(6) compile and update a publicly available, online database that provides information relating to disease clusters; and
(7) use available authorities and programs to compile, research, and analyze information generated by actions authorized under this Act.
Authorizes any person to submit a petition to the EPA Administrator, the Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences that requests that a Response Team conduct an investigation or take action to address the potential causes of disease clusters.
Authorizes the Administrator to make grants to any group of individuals that may be affected by such clusters.

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