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After years of deadlock, Congress is voting on a bill that overhauls how the U.S. regulates chemicals found in common household products, from frying pans to couch cushions. The bill is called the Toxic Substances Control Act, which has not been updated since 1976.

Tens of thousands of chemicals have come onto the market since then that have not been regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, including asbestos. The bill is a bipartisan deal. But some environmental groups are still opposed, including the Environmental Working Group.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Scott Faber, senior vice president for government affairs at Environmental Working Group.

Read Faber's recent opinion piece, "Is TSCA Rewrite Better Than Current Law?"

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This segment aired on May 24, 2016.

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