EPA to crack down on chemical plants and refineries | February 29, 2016 Issue - Vol. 94 Issue 9 | Chemical & Engineering News
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Issue Date: February 29, 2016 | Web Date: February 26, 2016

EPA to crack down on chemical plants and refineries

Chemical releases are focus of enforcement effort
By Jeff Johnson, Special to C&EN
Department: Government & Policy
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: pollution, EPA, enforcement, chemical companies, refineries, accidents

U.S. chemical companies and refineries are in the crosshairs of an enforcement initiative that EPA unveiled earlier this month.

The new effort is designed to reduce industrial discharges into water, limit toxic air emissions, and cut accidental releases from chemical and other industrial facilities, the agency says.

Some 150 catastrophic accidents occur each year at U.S. facilities that make, use, or store extremely hazardous substances, according . . .

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