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Trump scales back safety rules adopted after deadly chemical explosion

Source: The Washington Post, November 21, 2019
Posted on: https://www.advisen.com/

The Environmental Protection Agency weakened a rule Thursday governing how companies store dangerous chemicals. The standards were enacted under the Obama administration in the wake of a 2013 explosion in West, Tex., that killed 15 people, including 12 first-responders.
Under the new standards, companies will not have to provide public access to information about what kinds of chemicals are stored on their sites. They also will not have to undertake several measures aimed at preventing accidents, such as analyzing safer technology and procedures, conducting a “root-cause analysis” after a major chemical release or obtaining a third-party audit when an accident has occurred. Read more.

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