Senate holds committee hearing in response to recent Texas, La. incidents

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to enact a 2002 proposal from the U.S. Chemical Safety Board requiring risk-assessment plans for plants storing reactive chemicals. During a Senate committee hearing Thursday, Boxer criticized the EPA's "lack of urgency" in moving forward with such regulations. CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso told senators that "ammonium nitrate fertilizer storage falls under a patchwork of U.S. safety standards and guidances, a patchwork that has many large holes."

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