Regulatory Update White House Issues Executive Order on Chemical Safety and Security

Last Thursday, the White House issued an Executive Order — Improving Chemical Safety and Security. The EO, which was prompted by the fatal West, Texas, explosion, directs federal agencies to enhance coordination and information sharing among each other; improve operational coordination with state and local partners; modernize policies, regulations and standards; and work with stakeholders to identify best practices. The EO establishes a Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group co-chaired by the Department of Homeland Security, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Labor, specifically the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Departments of Justice, Agriculture and Transportation are also members. The EO instructs the Working Group to carry out the regulatory coordination, review, and modernization activities under tight deadlines. Click here to read the EO and click here for a fact sheet on it.

The EO is a major development that could have a substantial impact on chemical distribution regulations. For example, it directs EPA and OSHA to review the Risk Management Program and Process Safety Management Standard within 90 days to determine if they can and should be expanded to address additional chemicals and types of hazards. On the other hand, it calls for better coordination in the areas of reporting, inspections and enforcement, which could lead to more consistency and less duplication. The EO will also provide an opportunity for NACD to showcase Responsible Distribution as an example of an industry best practice. NACD will be highly involved in the implementation of the EO through meeting with Working Group members and providing input on regulatory proposals. Click here to read NACD's press statement on the EO. Please watch the NACD News Brief and other NACD communications for updates. In the meantime, if you would like more information or have questions, please contact NACD Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Jennifer Gibson at or (571) 482-3047.

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