Delay in chemical/fertilizer safety rules
The government shutdown slowed proposed new chemical safety rules being put in place that President Obama requested following the West, Texas, fertilizer storage facility explosion last spring.
The Huffington Post reported specifics on the delay. The Environmental Protection Agency told the news service in a statement that recommendations from agencies within the government will not be flushed out by Oct. 31 as originally planned and ordered by President Obama. Now, the EPA is suggesting the new rules and regulations should be completed by the end of November.
Previously, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) announced that she was pushing through government fines for what could be determined as violations, even prior to the full investigation of the accident being completed, again because of the government shutdown. She wanted to make sure the statute of limitation on filing violations did not run out. Boxer said what had already been determined could carry fines of more than $118,000.
The Post says the Chemical Safety Board public hearing to present the preliminary findings of its investigation won’t happen until early 2014, a move from the originally anticipated Oct. 24 hearing.
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