Obama Orders Chemical Storage Revamp After Texas Blast

Law360, New York (August 1, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT) -- President Barack Obama directed federal agencies Thursday to re-evaluate their oversight of chemical storage facilities in the wake of a Texas fertilizer plant blast that killed 15, hoping to develop a more unified federal approach to safety enforcement.

The April explosion and fire that left the town of West, Texas, in ruin showed that federal officials need to enhance interagency cooperation and coordinate more effectively with industry stakeholders on regulations surrounding the storage of hazardous substances, according to an executive order announced by the White House....
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