Environment & Energy Report

Court’s Action Could Upend Pruitt’s Eased Chemical Safety Program

May 22, 2018, 12:05 PM

Industry groups representing companies such as DowDuPont Inc., Chevron Corp., and Exxon Mobil Corp. in federal court could have a stronger hand now that the EPA has relaxed safety provisions for U.S. chemical facilities.

Judges are weighing if the Environmental Protecting Agency improperly held up an Obama administration update to its risk management program rules, which required companies handling large volumes of toxic substances to report information to the agency, local communities, and first responders.

Companies would save an estimated $88 million from the changes the EPA made to security provisions in the program in...

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