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WASHINGTON (Jan. 6, 2014) - The Working Group formed as a result of Executive Order (EO) 13650 on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security has released a  report of their initial options to accomplish goals set in the EO. This report, a product of several listening sessions across the country, serves to solicit additional stakeholder input.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response:

"We have appreciated the opportunity to offer our expert views regarding this EO through the stakeholder sessions and will be submitting detailed comments once we have had a chance to closely review the options proposed in the Working Group's report. We are encouraged to see that the Working Group is considering some of the concepts we have recommended, including opportunities to improve the interaction of existing regulatory programs, leverage industry programs , identify outlier facilities and create better mechanisms for sharing information with first responders. However, we are concerned that the Working Group is looking at possibly pursuing options that will further complicate an overly complex regulatory system by creating requirements for assessing safer alternatives, as well as considering a regulatory model that would exceed the authority the agencies have today instead of focusing on how to improve current programs."

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