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    Here's an important article about lobbyists preventing enforcement of safety regulations in our chemical plants. West, Texas wasn't enough? Will it take a Bhopal?

    Texas Blast Recalls Chemical Safety Bill Sunk by Business Lobby

    As lawmakers pushed a bill to tighten U.S. security standards on chemical factories, fertilizer depots and water-treatment plants in 2009, they faced a formidable opponent: the U.S. business community.

    Mining companies, refiners, paint makers, explosive fabricators and fertilizer plants combined in a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign to stop the measure. Two of the capital’s most potent lobbying forces -- the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Farm Bureau -- labeled it a “key vote” of the year. The bill, called a highwater mark of chemical- safety efforts by one supporter, passed the House of Representatives, only to die without a vote in the Senate.

    ~snip

    During his 2008 presidential campaign, Obama pledged to take on the industry, and act unilaterally with regulations if necessary. Instead, Democrats in control of Congress worked with chemical lobbyists on compromise legislation, easing off on the most prescriptive elements of the earlier provisions, according to Rick Hind, the legislative director for Greenpeace.

    In the end, it wasn’t enough to get the support of the American Chemistry Council, which represents companies such as Dow and DuPont.

    Fellow activists, this is how it can be done: 'Colbert turns austerity movement into punch line'

    by cosmic debris on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 05:56:04 AM PDT

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