17 Apr '17, 6pm

Chemical Security: Protecting Syrians, But Leaving Americans Exposed

This is a guest op-ed by Russel Honoré, Randy Manner, and David Halperin In the torrent of Trump administration actions to void Obama-era regulations, one such move stands out right now as particularly disturbing. For decades, our country has failed to squarely address the dangers of hazardous chemical facilities — from oil refineries to water treatment plants. An accident, natural disaster, or deliberate attack could trigger an explosion or chemical release that could kill thousands of people. Millions of our citizens live and work near these dangerous facilities. After three years of intensive discussions with chemical companies, plant workers, affected communities, first responders, and others, the Environmental Protection Agency on January 13 issued a rule to help protect the American people from these dangers. The rule strengthens the federal Risk Management Program (...

Full article: https://www.desmogblog.com/2017/04/17/chemical-security-p...

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