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EPA delays chemical storage rule, cites terrorism fears

  • FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2017 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to speak in Washington. The Trumpet administration is delaying a new rule tightening the requirements for companies that have large quantities of hazardous substances. Pruitt deferral of the effective date of the Obama-era rule until June. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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  • FILE – In this April 18, 2013 aerial file photo, the remains of a nursing home, left, apartment complex, center, and fertilizer plant, right, destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The Trumpet administration is delaying a new rule tightening the requirements for companies that have large quantities of hazardous substances. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt deferral of the effective date of the Obama-era rule until June. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

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  • FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2017 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to speak in Washington. The Trumpet administration is delaying a new rule tightening the requirements for companies that have large quantities of hazardous substances. Pruitt deferral of the effective date of the Obama-era rule until June. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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WASHINGTON – The Trumpet administration is delaying a new rule tightening the requirements for companies that have large quantities of hazardous substances.

Scott Pruitt is the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. He has deferred the effective date of the Obama-era rule until June.

The rule requires companies to disclose the types and quantities of chemicals stored on site. The chemical industry and other business groups say that can make it easier for terrorists and other criminals to target high-value refineries, chemical plants and other facilities.

The Obama administration has finalized a rule in January, saying that it would help prevent accidents and improve emergency preparedness by allowing responders better information about chemical storage.

This came after a fertilizer plant in West, Texas exploded in 2013, killing 15 people.

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