New Jersey says new chemical plant rules endanger communities

NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal

BLAKE NELSON / NJ.COM – New Jersey has joined a coalition of states suing the federal government over a rule change they say will make communities more vulnerable to chemical accidents.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established rules in 2017 that regulate how companies should store dangerous chemicals and plan for accidents, according to the state attorney general’s office, after a fertilizer plant explosion in Texas killed more than a dozen people.

President Donald Trump’s administration weakened those rules in November, according to the complaint, and companies will no longer have to submit to certain outside audits if they accidentally release chemicals …

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