Proposed Bill Could Prevent EPA Regulation of Chemical Facility Safety

News Item From: Products Finishing, , from Products Finishing magazine

Posted on: 8/9/2012

Action comes in response to a petition filed last month by some 50 environmental and labor groups asking EPA to develop new chemical security regulations that would impose so-called “inherently safer technology” requirements.

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced a bill on Aug. 2 that would ban the EPA from regulating chemical facility security under the Clean Air Act's general duty clause. The American Coatings Association says the General Duty Clarification Act (H.R. 634) comes in response to a petition filed last month by some 50 environmental and labor groups asking EPA to develop new chemical security regulations that would impose so-called “inherently safer technology” requirements, using what these groups contend is authority provided the agency under the general duty clause of Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.

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