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Advocates Sue Safety Board Over Chemical Release Reporting

Dec. 7, 2017, 7:16 PM

Companies could be required to report chemical releases to a federal regulator if a court sides with public interest groups.

The lawsuit, filed by Houston-area organizations and the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, seeks to compel the U.S. Chemical Safety Board to publish a rule that would require companies to report accidental chemical releases within 18 months of an incident.

Companies are already required to report unplanned releases of chemicals to local and state emergency planning committees under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. But federal law called for companies to do more, the lawsuit contends.

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