Ban On Refineries’ Hydrofluoric Acid Stalls As Other Safety Legislation Passes
Three bills that tighten safety standards on refineries were approved this session, but the fourth is on hold.
New Refinery Safety Laws Pass, But Ban On Deadly Chemical Stalls
Gov. Jerry Brown signed three new laws this week intended to make local refineries safer for their neighbors. But one big change remains elusive, and that's a ban on refineries using a toxic chemical known as modified hydrofluoric acid. (McNary, 10/11)
In other news —
EPA Vows To Speed Cleanup Of Toxic Superfund Sites Despite Funding Drop
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt is vowing to speed the cleanup of toxic Superfund sites, part of a shift away from climate change and toward what he calls the "basics" of clean air and water. The EPA's Superfund program manages the cleanup of some of the most toxic waste sites — Pruitt says the EPA will soon name a top 10 list of sites to focus on. (Wertz, 10/11)