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Analysis: A bipartisan push on toxic chemicals makes some Democrats fume

WASHINGTON –– For a snapshot of the strangeness of Washington, circa 2015, consider the recently introduced Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act. Named for the late Democratic senator from New Jersey, the bill would reform the nation's 40-year-old chemical-safety law. A bipartisan consensus favoring the measure seems to be forming in the Senate. Hurray for Congress getting something done! Not so fast. An unlikely fracas among Democrats threatens to arrest progress in a classic case of ambition for the perfect undermining achievement of the good. The old law, the Toxic Substances Control Act, has an egregious loophole allowing thousands of untested chemicals, ...

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