Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., speaks with Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., on Thursday before joining a bipartisan group of senators at a Capitol Hill news conference to discuss legislation to improve the federal regulation of chemicals and toxic substances. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Lt. Col. Kris Roberts served as a facilities maintenance officer at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan in the 1980s. Courtesy of Lt. Col. Kris Roberts hide caption

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U.S. Compensates Marine Exposed To Toxic Chemicals In '80s

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A U.S. Air Force C-123 sprays herbicides on dense jungle beside a South Vietnamese highway on May 18, 1966. This aircraft is the last in a formation of three. Spray from the other two planes can be seen ahead. U.S. Air Force via AP hide caption

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Air Force Reservists Say Agent Orange Residue Damaged Their Health

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Lynn Good has had many mentors throughout her career — but few of them were women. "So I'm generationally on the early part of the ascent of women into leadership roles," the Duke Energy president and CEO says. Pat Sullivan/AP hide caption

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Duke Energy CEO: 'I Don't Think Of Myself As A Powerful Woman'

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Scientists say that the best way to reduce a person's contact with the flame retardant chemicals in sofas and other furniture is to vacuum more. SINAN DONMEZ/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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