Senators Spar Over Competing Chemical Safety Bills
Lawmakers want to overhaul our nation's chemical safety law, but there's a lot of disagreement about how to do that. The law we currently have on the books is 39 years old. It's called the Toxic Substances Control Act or TSCA. It's been widely criticized as toothless and outdated. Over the years, some lawmakers have attempted to update it, but nothing's panned out. Now there are two competing bills in the Senate.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service commissioned the report on the commercial grass carp industry. Grass carp are one of four species of Asian carp officials are concerned about. They're used to control vegetation in lakes and ponds, and some people like to eat them. But officials worry if they get out of control, they could eat plants that ducks, geese and native fish need.