Energy

Congress will soon probe what some lawmakers think is a sweetheart deal between the Clinton Administration and Venezuela. At issue is a Mar. 23 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency to reverse an earlier stand and allow Venezuela's state-owned oil company to export to the U.S. fuel that falls short of Clean Air Act standards for reformulated gasoline. The State Dept. pushed for the change after Venezuela charged the U.S. with violating international trade rules. Senator Max S. Baucus (D-Mont.) plans hearings in April, and a House investigation will likely follow.

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