NPRA praises action for increased DHS authority

The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association praised US House and Senate conferees on Sept. 26 for giving the Department of Homeland Security authority to regulate certain high-risk chemical plants.But NPRA tempered its commendation by expressing regret that the regulatory authority, which will be inserted in the federal agency’s fiscal 2007 budget, is scheduled to expire after 3 years.“The petrochemical and refining industries have made and will continue to make major, long-term investments in protecting facilities, employees, and the surrounding communities from potential threats. We should be able to do so with the knowledge and confidence that requirements will no...

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