A House panel hearing today on the Lautenberg-Vitter chemical bill could help "break a decades-long stalemate" and lead to substantial reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act, writes Richard Denison, a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund. "A legislative compromise to reform TSCA is actually within reach for the same reason that it was possible to get things done before the system froze: Because competing interests recognize mutual advantage in finding a solution -- they realize that tackling a problem is better than endlessly fighting over it, even if everyone has to cede some ground," Denison writes. ACC President Cal Dooley will testify at Wednesday's hearing, which could set the tone for the bill's progress in the House.

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