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File #: 15-0261R    Version: 0 Name: Request for Federal Action - Prevent Chemical Disasters
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 9/21/2015 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 9/21/2015
Enactment #:
Title: Request for Federal Action - Prevent Chemical Disasters FOR the purpose of calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to move quickly to finalize a strong rule requiring chemical plants and refineries to use the safest cost-effective chemicals and technology available in order to protect the millions of Americans, including many Baltimoreans, living in the shadows of potentially dangerous chemical facilities.
Sponsors: Bill Henry, Brandon M. Scott, Mary Pat Clarke, James B. Kraft, President Young, Eric T. Costello, Sharon Green Middleton, Helen L. Holton, Carl Stokes, William "Pete" Welch, Rochelle Spector, Nick Mosby, Warren Branch, Robert Curran, Edward Reisinger
Indexes: Chemical Disasters, Prevention, Request for Federal Action
Attachments: 1. 15-0261R~1st Reader
* WARNING: THIS IS AN UNOFFICIAL, INTRODUCTORY COPY OF THE BILL.
THE OFFICIAL COPY CONSIDERED BY THE CITY COUNCIL IS THE FIRST READER COPY.
INTRODUCTORY*

CITY OF BALTIMORE
COUNCIL BILL R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Henry



A RESOLUTION ENTITLED

A COUNCIL RESOLUTION concerning
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Request for Federal Action - Prevent Chemical Disasters
FOR the purpose of calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to move quickly to finalize a strong rule requiring chemical plants and refineries to use the safest cost-effective chemicals and technology available in order to protect the millions of Americans, including many Baltimoreans, living in the shadows of potentially dangerous chemical facilities.
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It is vital to the safety and security of millions of Americans that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) move quickly to finalize a strong rule requiring chemical plants and refineries to use the safest costeffective chemicals and technology available. The EPA has an historic opportunity to protect the 100 million people across the U.S. who live, work, study, and play in the shadow of dangerous chemical facilities.

The EPA has announced plans to propose a chemical security rule in September 2015. The rulemaking process takes longer than 12 monthsusually closer to 20 months. Waiting until September to begin the rulemaking process means that the EPA must work with particular expediency, or this critical public safety rule will be vulnerable to Congressional Review Act attacks by Congress, and could be subject to a ?midnight rules challenge? by the next President.

We in Baltimore City, along with ma...

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