CONGRESS ‘HOURS AWAY’ FROM AGREEMENT ON TSCA: INHOFE

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said at a committee hearing that Congress is “hopefully hours away” from reaching agreement on a revamp of the nation’s primary chemicals law.

“It looks like now we’re just a matter of hopefully hours away of having an agreement with the House,” Inhofe told Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Without your staff concentrating on that, it really couldn’t have happened.”

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A Senate Republican aide told Bloomberg BNA the closeness of an agreement was a “matter of perspective.” Both chambers have been trying to resolve differences between a broad Senate revamp of the Toxic Substances Control Act (S. 697) and a narrower House version (H.R. 2576).

Bloomberg BNA reporters Anthony Adragna and Brian Dabbs are following the news.