Environment & Energy Report

Shutdown Would Impact Chemical Plant Regulators, Investigators

Dec. 21, 2018, 9:15 PM

Companies operating facilities handling high-risk chemicals will face an unsettled regulatory landscape in a partial government shutdown scenario.

And that looks increasingly likely as House and Senate lawmakers struggled Dec. 21 to pass spending legislation that can secure President Donald Trump’s support while he insists on legislation with $5 billion for border wall construction.

Chemical facility operators are regulated by multiple federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Though it doesn’t conduct enforcement action, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board also plays a role in investigating major chemical incidents, often arriving on...

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