Obama Signs Executive Order to Improve Chemical Safety and Security

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On August 1, 2013, President Obama signed the Executive Order on the heels of a string of large chemical accidents which have resulted in the deaths of First Responders and civilians, most notably the incident in West, Texas. Read the Executive Order. The main goals of the order are: 1.improving coordination with state and local partners on risk management and emergency planning for chemical emergencies, 2.enhancing information sharing among federal agencies, 3.the modernization of various chemical security regulations, and stakeholder outreach to develop industry best practices. The order calls for the formation of a working group, co-chaired by the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Labor, that will provide a status update within 270 days of the order. The TIER II MANAGER™ software provides a ready-made solution built on a decade of experience from the Hazmat industry and first responders to address these very issues.