The Center for Effective Government recaps one year later after President Obama’s Executive Order and where things stand with requiring inherently safer systems throughout chemical plants and chemical storage facilities.
By Amanda Frank – Policy Analyst working with the Open Government and Regulatory Policy teams.
One year ago today, President Obama issued Executive Order 13650, which directs federal agencies to improve the safety and security of chemical facilities. The order came in response to recent chemical disasters, including the April 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West Texas that killed 15 people and injured more than 200.
The executive order calls for increased coordination between chemical facilities, state governments, and first responders to better prepare for potential disasters. It also seeks improved interagency coordination, as well as better chemical safety standards.