American Coatings Association


On Aug. 1, 2013, President Obama signed Executive Order (EO) 13650 to improve the safety and security of chemical facilities and reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals to workers and neighboring communities. The impetus for the EO was the explosion at the fertilizer plant in West, Texas in April 2013. In particular, the apparent failure of the West Fertilizer Co. to comply with a number of chemical safety and security regulations has been identified as a factor in this event. The EO directs federal agencies— U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — to improve operational coordination with state and local partners, enhance federal agency coordination and information sharing, modernize policies, regulations and standards, and work with stakeholders to identify “best practices.” The EO working group has been working with DHS, OSHA and EPA to modernize their chemical safety and security policies.

Regulations

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Environmental Management Committee, Occupational Health & Safety Committee, and Chemical Security Working Group

 For more information:

Allen Irish
Senior Counsel
202-719-3681

Rhett Cash
Counsel
202-719-3680


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