With Republicans and Democrats in Congress close to a deal on Superfund reform, the White House has lost interest. After years of struggling for a compromise plan for cleaning up toxic-waste sites, lawmakers from both parties are fuming that they're being tripped up by Al Gore. The Veep wants to nix a Superfund deal so he can attack Republicans as anti-environmental. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking: Superfund's last $2 billion will run out by the end of 1999.

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