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EPA streamlines safety, data-sharing rules for chemical storage sites

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday overhauled rules for chemical storage facilities, partially repealing requirements that directed companies to make data on hazardous substances public and also easing safety assessments, in a bid to save companies $88 million and bolster national security. "Accident prevention is a top priority of the EPA and this rule promotes improved coordination between chemical facilities and emergency responders, reduces unnecessary regulatory burdens, and addresses security risks," said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.

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