The Coalition to Prevent Chemical Disasters released a video in support of stricter chemical regulation. The video supports the Coalition’s mission to advance the use of safer chemicals and processes to prevent harm from chemical disasters.
According to the Coalition, millions of people are affected by the 12,440 high-risk chemical plants in the United States that store and use hazardous chemicals. Eighty-nine of these facilities have the potential to affect at least one million workers and community members, the majority of which are low-income and/or minorities. In 2013 alone there have been eight such events.
The video includes clips of President Obama and Vice President Biden, as well as former Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who died this spring shortly after introducing the bi-partisan Chemical Safety Improvement Act. The video also focuses on the recent explosion at the West Texas fertilizer plant, which left 14 dead, and urges EPA to use their authority to require chemical facilities to use safer alternatives.
The video raises awareness about the need for stricter regulation in light of the Executive Order, signed in August, which requires EPA, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to make recommendations to prevent future chemical disasters. Obama gave the agencies until October 31 to develop these recommendations.