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EPA Eases Safety Standards Put in Place After Deadly Texas Blast

Nov. 21, 2019, 3:44 PM

The Trump administration is relaxing parts of an Obama-era safety regulation prompted by a deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, after lobbying by chemical and refining companies.

The final chemical safety rule made public by the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday retains many of the elements put in place under President Barack Obama. But it axes mandates that required more public disclosure about what chemicals are stored at industrial sites, automatic third-party audits after incidents and a mandate that companies assess safer technology options as a way of reducing risk.

The agency said it was rescinding ...

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