Volume 92 Issue 24 | p. 5 | News of The Week
Issue Date: June 16, 2014

Panel Calls For Safer Processes

Federal Report: Task force stops short of recommending inherently safer technology mandate
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Safety
Keywords: chemical facility safety, security, inherently safer technologies

Federal agencies should take steps to encourage chemical facilities to use alternatives to hazardous chemicals and processes wherever feasible. But the government should not require the adoption of so-called inherently safer technology (IST), an interagency task force concludes in a June 6 report.

The report responds to a directive that President Barack Obama issued in August 2013 after a series of catastrophic incidents, including a deadly ammonium . . .

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