EPA Delays Chemical Safety Rule Implementation until 2019

The Hill, June 14, 2017

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided to delay implementing the Obama administration's chemical safety rule until at least February, 20, 2019 while it reassesses the necessity of the regulation. In December, the EPA amended its Risk Management Program for chemical facilities in an effort to improve chemical process safety and strengthen protections for communities and first responders. However, the regulations were met with significant resistance from the industry claiming that the rule would raise “significant security concerns and compliance issues that will cause irreparable harm.

In a recent statement, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said “we are seeking additional time to review the program, so that we can fully evaluate the public comments raised by multiple petitioners and consider other issues that may benefit from additional public input.



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