Obama Signs Executive Order to Boost Data Sharing, Update Chemical Security Rules

(Bloomberg BNA) On August 1, President Obama signed an executive order on chemical security that aims to streamline information sharing, modernize regulations, and establish a federal working group to improve coordination between various governmental entities. The main goals of the order are improving coordination with state and local partners on risk management and emergency planning for chemical emergencies, enhancing information sharing among federal agencies, 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.

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