Volume 84 Issue 15 | pp. 49-52
Issue Date: April 10, 2006

Evidence Rule Stirs Up Debate

Proposal would require chemical facilities to preserve evidence after significant accidents
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Safety

The independent federal agency charged with investigating the root cause of industrial chemical accidents has proposed a rule that would require businesses to ensure the preservation of crucial evidence after a significant explosion or spill. Chemical manufacturers, however, maintain that the plan would be impractical and burdensome in real-world emergency situations. They also charge that it exceeds the agency's statutory authority as laid out by Congress.

The regulation would empower the Chemical Safety & . . .

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