A Shared Commitment: Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security

This is a joint blog from: Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator, Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Caitlin Durkovich, Assistant Secretary Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and David Michaels, Assistant Secretary, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.

On August 1, 2013, the President issued Executive Order (EO) 13650 – Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security – to improve the safety and security of chemical facilities and reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals to facility workers and operators, communities, and responders. Chemicals and the facilities that manufacture, store, distribute and use them are essential to our economy and livelihood, but the handling and storage of chemicals can present a risk that must be addressed. Continue reading

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