Companies could have nearly two years to avoid complying with new chemical facility regulations under a new EPA action—the latest in a series of administrative delays that have drawn scrutiny from Democratic lawmakers.

According to a proposed rule scheduled for publication in the Federal Register April 3, the Environmental Protection Agency will consider delaying the effective date of a final rule amending risk management program regulations (RIN:2050-AG82) to Feb. 19, 2019.

The delay would move the effective date back 20 months from June 19. That date was a delay from March 21.

The EPA needs the extra time...