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  •  Please diary that (1+ / 0-)
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    Pretty please?  :-)

    I have saved a bunch of links on that, but they were lost.

    My IBM stinkpad got fried, but that's another story.

    Anyway, go for it.  Do some Google work on it, and make sure you use reliable sources (American Chemical Society, etc.).

    Corzine introduced legislation a couple of years ago, btw.

    Actually, I just found some stuff:

    (hey, I did find stuff.  Google is our friend.)

    fight the greed and the federals / fight the need and the toxic spills / drink from that wishing well / but may it never quench your thirst...

    by Page van der Linden on Sat Apr 01, 2006 at 04:03:50 AM PST

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    •  Joe would pre-empt tougher State rules (1+ / 0-)
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      Last year, responding to an enviro/labor coalitions demands and media pressure, NJ revoked a voluntary memorandum of agreement state officials secretly had negotiated with the Chemical industry.

      This agreement allowed voluntary industry "codes of conduct" developed under an industry PR scheme known as "Responsible Care" to satisfy State regulatory  oversight of chemical plant security under NJ laws.

      In addition to the post 9/11 Domestic Security law, NJ had pre-existing chemical plant safety laws, even before the "Bhopal" disaster and W. Virginia event that spurred US national legislation on chemical plant safety. This law as known as "TCPA" for "Toxic Catastrophe Prevention Act" (how's that for a title! NJ enviro community has great message skills!)

      The voluntary agreement was replaced by an Order under Acting Governor Codey (D).

      The Order basically required submission of vulnerability assessments and evaluations of the feasibility of "inherently safer technology"


      New Governor Jon Cozine (D) has vowed to strengthen and close loopholes in the Codey Order. That shoe has not dropped yet, but the chemical industry is clearly worried.

      The Lieberman-Collins bill would pre-empt NJ's standards - NJ media have written this story and editorialzed in oppositon. I know a guy workjng in DC on the issue. If I get a chance, I might look more closely into this and maybe diary the national picture.

      I'd also like to look more closely at Joementum's enviro record as a whole adn see if it warrants all the praise LCV seems to think it does.

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