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Report: Actions to Improve Chemical Facility Safety and Security – A Shared Commitment

Via EPA – 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. Over the past ten months, we have taken critical steps in bringing together Federal regulatory representatives and stakeholders with a vested interest in reducing the risks associated with the handling and storage of chemicals. These efforts truly represent a shared concern among those with a stake in chemical facility safety and security: facility owners and operators; Federal, State, local, tribal, and territorial governments; regional entities; nonprofit organizations; facility workers; first responders; environmental justice and local environmental organizations; and communities. Today’s release of the status report to the President, entitled Actions to Improve Chemical Facility Safety and Security – A Shared Commitment, summarizes the Working Group’s progress, focusing on actions to date, findings and lessons learned, challenges, and short and long-term priority actions. These priority actions, captured in a consolidated action plan, based on the information collected by the Working Group, focus on five specific thematic areas:

· Strengthen Community Planning and Preparedness
· Enhance Federal Operational Coordination 
· Improve Data Management 
· Modernize Policies and Regulation
· Incorporate Stakeholder Feedback and Develop Best Practices

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