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ACC: Bipartisan Bill Provides Regulatory Certainty Regarding EPA's Application of the General Duty Clause


Contact: Scott Jensen (202) 249-6511  
Email: Scott_Jensen@americanchemistry.com

WASHINGTON (February 28, 2013) – Today, Congress introduced the “General Duty Clarification Act of 2013” (H.R. 888) that provides greater clarity regarding the regulatory obligations under the General Duty Clause of the Clean Air Act for chemical facilities, and it ensures the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will properly apply the clause based on Congressional intent. The act also provides clear direction regarding the potential for future expansion of the General Duty Clause to regulate chemical security.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement:

"We applaud Congressmen Pompeo, Matheson, Long and Latta for their leadership, and we support their legislation that will ensure EPA exercises its authority under the Clean Air Act in a consistent fashion. This bipartisan bill will provide much needed clarity regarding the appropriate use of the General Duty Clause and the regulatory certainty needed to successfully implement current chemical safety and security programs.
 
“The legislation will also help clarify EPA’s role in regulating chemical facilities. Furthermore, it would avoid the creation of duplicative efforts or conflicts with other agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, which would undermine the overall effort to enhance security and safety.
 
"We are committed to working with the Congressmen and other stakeholders to advance this important legislation and encourage Congress to approve this common-sense proposal."

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