Tag: President Obama

Next on the GHG Hit List: Refrigerants

Back in June 2013, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan, a major component of which is to cut carbon pollution in the United States. The outline to accomplish this focuses on renewable energy, clean energy innovation, energy efficiency, and a cleaner transportation sector, but it also specifically addresses cutting carbon emissions from power plants, […]

House Passes Joint Resolution to Block CPP

The U.S. House welcomed President Obama’s return from the Paris climate change conference by passing a joint resolution to block the EPA from implementing its Clean Power Plan (CPP) to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants.

Are Our Chemical Facilities Safe Enough?

In August 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order (EO) 13650, titled Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security, largely in response to the ammonium nitrate explosion in West, Texas. The EO directed actions to be taken on many fronts to address chemical facility safety, but two years later, what progress has been made on the front […]

Fertile Soil for Safety: OSHA, EPA, and Industry Address Fertilizer Safety

On April 17, 2013, fire broke out in a wooden warehouse at West Fertilizer Company in West, Texas. As the town’s volunteer fire department mobilized to respond, 30 tons of ammonium nitrate (AN) fertilizer in an adjacent wooden warehouse exploded. Fifteen people died, including 12 volunteer firefighters. An apartment building, many houses, and a nursing […]

2014 Budget Fully Funds OSHA’s Enforcement Activities

By Emily Clark, Safety Editor With OSHA primed with funds for enforcement in 2014, it’s wise for employers to closely examine workplace compliance with OSHA standards. The latest budget signed into law by President Obama includes $552.2 million in funding for OSHA, including approximately $208 million for enforcement. Although the total amount falls $18.3 million […]

Election 2012: Where Do the Candidates Stand on Hydraulic Fracturing?

Where do the candidates stand on EHS issues?   Issue: Hydraulic Fracturing By Amanda Czepiel, J.D. , BLR Water Expert aczepiel@blr.com Barack Obama: Supports the practice of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking”, stating, ” We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly 100 years, and my administration will take every […]