These are key documents that give background on the dangers of chemical plants, the available solutions, and the steps that are being taken to make communities safer.

EXECUTIVE ORDER: On August 1st, 2013 President Obama Signed an Executive Order on Chemical Disaster Prevention

EPA’s PROPOSED RULE: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act, Section 112(r)(7) published in the Federal Register on July 31, 2014. Public comment period open until October 29, 2014

The Coalition to Prevent Chemical Disasters submitted comments on October 29, 2014 undersigned by 156 organizations responding to the EPA’s Federal Register Notice (issued on July 31, 2014) – Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act, Section 112(r)(7); Rule Modernization Under Executive Order 13650. Docket Number EPA-HQ-OEM-2014-0328.

Executive Order 13650 on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security Request for Information (RFI) pre-publication to the RFI released on July 24, 2014

Executive Order 13650 Actions to improve chemical facility safety and security a shared commitment. Report for the President by the Inter-agency Working Group released May 2014

Late 2014 the White House signaled plans for the EPA to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in September, 2015.


Center for Effective Government’s Chemical Hazards in Your Backyard report

Danger_in_the_Dark_slide Danger in the Dark, the New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC) Dec 10, 2014

Kids in Danger Zones (Center for Effective Government) September 30, 2014 * See if your child’s school is near a vulnerability zone – Mapping tool

Who’s in Danger? A Demographic Analysis of Chemical Disaster Vulnerability Zones (Environmental Justice and Health Alliance EJHA)

U.S. Chemical Safety Board Report Release Tesoro Report and Recommendations Presented at Public Meeting in Anacortes, Washington, May 1, 2014

Failure to Act: New Jersey Jobs and Communities are Still at Risk From Toxic Chemical Disaster (NJ WEC)

President Obama and His Administration’s Record on Chemical Disaster Prevention

Change We Can Believe excerpt on chemical plant safety

Q&A on EPA’s Authorities to Prevent Chemical Disasters

Danger In Our Backyards: A Report on The Environmental Justice Impacts of Dangerous Chemical Facilities

A Case for Preventing Chemical Disasters

Coalition to Prevent Chemical Disasters Letters and Petitions:

Letter from 146 Coalition Members to President Obama warning that time is running out for his administration to prevent future chemical disasters. (March 19, 2015)

Letter from Coalition Members in response to May 02, 2014 meeting with the Executive Order Working Group (May 13, 2014)

Letter from Coalition Members to Administrator Gina McCarthy urging the Administrator to make chemical disaster prevention one of the priority initiatives in the first 100 days of office. (August 1, 2013)

Official Petition to the EPA From Coalition Members, Filed Under the Administrative Procedures Act (July 25, 2012)

Letter from more than 100 organizations to the President Obama urging EPA to use their Clean Air Act authority to prevent disasters (May 16, 2012)

Letter from more than 100 organizations to President Obama urging that the EPA use their Clean Air Act authority to prevent disasters  (June 21, 2011)

Internal documents from EPA‘s aborted roll out strategy for “Improving Security and Preventing Releases Caused by Criminal Attacks at Hazardous Chemical Facilities” which would have used the Clean Air Act authority to prevent disasters. (2002)

Gov. Whitman Sends Letter to EPA Administrator Jackson Urging Action Under the Clean Air Act (April 3, 2012)

National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) Sends Letter to EPA Administrator Jackson (March 14, 2012)

EPA’s response to Congressman Pompeo regarding the use of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and General Duty Clause (August 01, 2013)

Accidents Since West TX Disaster (2013)

Clorox converts its operations to safer process: First Announcement and Explanation of Process (2009)

Report by Management Information Services Inc., Economic and Employment Benefits of the Chemical and Water Security Act of 2009 (July 2010)

Management Information Services Inc., report summary (July 2010) and Fact Sheet (July 2010)

Reports by Center for American Progress:

Safer Chemicals Create a More Secure America (Survey 2010)

Chemical Security 101 (2008)

Toxic Trains and the Terrorist Threat (2007)

Preventing Toxic Terrorism (2006)

New Strategies to Protect America: Securing Our Nation’s Chemical Facilities  (2005)

Reports by Center for Effective Government:

Interactive Map: Students, Others at Risk from Hazardous Chemical Facilities (2014)

Updated Database Reveals Significant Chemical Risks Are Distributed Across the Country (2013)

Chlorine Gas Is a Major Risk across the Country, but Needn’t Be (2013)

Is Anhydrous Ammonia a Risk to Your Community? (2013)

A Risk Too Great: Hydrofluoric Acid in U.S. Refineries (United Steel Workers)

473 “High Risk” Facilities in the United States (Congressional Research Service, Nov. 2012)

Toxic Koch: Keeping Americans At Risk of a Poison Gas Disasters (Greenpeace, Aug. 24, 2011)

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