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Hazmat: Obama Orders Review of Chemical Plant Safety Procedures

President Obama, on August 1, issued Executive Order 13650 mandating "additional measures by executive departments and agencies with regulatory authority to further improve chemical facility safety and security in coordination with owners and operators." (CLICK HERE to read the full Executive Order) This directive is the culmination of efforts to determine the causes of the explosions at West (TX) Fertilizer Company on April 17, 2013, and the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar, Louisiana, on June 13, 2013. CSB chairman testifies before Congressional Subcommittee On June 27, 2013, Rafael Moure-Eraso, Ph.D., chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board testified before the U.S. Senat...

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