Obama orders review of 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." This directive is the culmination of efforts to determine the causes of the explosions at the West (TX) Fertilizer Company on April 17, 2013, and the Williams Olefins plant in Geismar, Louisiana, on June 13, 2013. On June 27, 2013, Rafael Moure-Eraso, Ph.D., chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and made numerous observations and recommendations ...

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