Obama Orders New Chemical Safety Rules

August 1, 2013

President Obama today ordered federal agencies to develop new rules to address the handling and storage of industrial chemicals such as the ammonia nitrate fertilizer that caught fire and exploded in West, Texas, killing 15 and leveling large portions of the town in April. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the executive order was:

Urgently needed to improve chemical safety and security throughout the country...and provides the direction and roadmap to address chemical hazards.

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