Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 9, 2013, 8:37 p.m. EST by GirlFriday
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WASHINGTON — Federal efforts to improve chemical safety and investigate what went wrong in the deadly West fertilizer blast are stalled because of the partial government shutdown, Sen. Barbara Boxer said Tuesday.
Boxer, a California Democrat who is chairwoman of the Senate’s environment and public works committee, said that means deadlines set by President Barack Obama for Cabinet members and agency heads to review and overhaul regulations, safety practices, data-sharing and emergency response won’t be met.
The first deadline, for agencies to submit proposals for improvements, is Nov. 1.
The shutdown also is delaying the U.S. Chemical Safety Board’s final report on the blast.
“That explosion is a prime example of the situation we’re in now, where the agencies that are supposed to come up with ways to make sure this never happens again just can’t meet,” she said at a news conference.
Momentum on improving chemical safety and security in wake of the West disaster is also at risk in the shutdown, Boxer said.