Federal Hearing and Press Conference on High Risk Chemical Facilities to Be Held at UCLA


January 8, 2014


WHAT: CALPIRG and other community leaders will hold a press conference calling for mandatory standards to reduce the threat of accidents at high risk facilities, such as the deadly accident in West, Texas last year.

WHO:      Austin Price, CALPIRG Field Director
              Martha Dina Arguello, Physicians for Social Responsibility Executive Director
              Tim Malloy, Professor of Law and Faculty Director, UCLA Sustainable
                               Technology and Policy Program                       
              Maya Golden-Krasner, Staff Attorney, Communities for a Better Environment

WHEN:    Friday, January 10, 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:  UCLA, James West Alumni Center, 325 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

CONTACT:  Austin Price, aprice@calpirg.org, 740.525.2740 

MORE INFO: The press conference is part of an Obama administration working group public listening session, at which speakers will address the necessary steps needed to protect public health and safety around these facilities. The listening session at UCLA is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To register, please click here.

BACKGROUND: On August 1, 2013, President Obama signed Executive Order 13650, entitled Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security. The Executive Order directs the Federal Government to improve operational coordination with state and local partners; improve Federal agency coordination and information sharing; modernize policies, regulations, and standards; and work with stakeholders to identify best practices. Based upon feedback the Working Group received, a preliminary list of options for improving chemical facility safety and security was developed