A week before Trump took office, the EPA issued the chemical safety rule, which required industries to take steps to prevent disasters. Those included more analysis of safety technology, third-party audits, incident investigation analyses and stricter emergency preparedness.
August 17, 2018
By Timothy Gardner
WASHINGTON (Reuters) ? A federal appeals court on Friday ordered the Trump administration to immediately implement an Obama-era chemical safety rule introduced in response to a 2013 explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas that killed 15 people.
The D.C. Circuit Court ruling was the latest to counter efforts under President Donald Trump, a Republican, to delay environmental regulations introduced by former President Barack Obama, a Democrat.
The court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Chemical Disaster Rule, saying the agency did not have authority to delay the rule for 20 months.
The EPA cannot delay the rule ?by invoking general rulemaking authority under a different statutory provision,? of federal clean air law, the court said in the ruling. ?EPA’s action was arbitrary and capricious in any event,? the ruling by two judges on the court said.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President…
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