A federal appeals court has ordered the Trump administration’s EPA to implement the Chemical Disaster Rule, saying the agency did not have authority to delay the rule for 20 months. The rule was developed after the massive West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people, including 12 first responders. The rule limits methane emissions from oil and gas installations. Opponents of the rule argue that because the West accident was partly due to arson, the rule would not have prevented the disaster. The court called the EPA’s actions “arbitrary and capricious in any event,” and said that such an argument was necessarily weak, because the rule is also meant to prevent disasters through better communication.
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