Washington AG Ferguson sues Trump EPA over Chemical Disaster Rule
The Trump administration has repeatedly blocked a key industry safety measure — the Chemical Disaster Rule — from going into effect. Eleven attorneys general including Washington AG Bob Ferguson are headed to federal court to un-block it.
The rule stems from a Texas disaster — the West Fertilizer Plant explosion that killed 12 first responders — and was influenced by the 2010 Tesoro refinery explosion in Anacortes that killed seven workers.
In response to protests from the chemical industry, however, new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency director Scott Pruitt delayed the rule in January, slapped on another 90-day delay in March, and in June put off the rule by 20 months while Pruitt considers repealing it.