When Petrochemical Industry Complaints of Safety Violations and Other Issues Go Awry
The petrochem industry has long complained about the lax safety standards at its facilities in the Gulf of Mexico and its export to China.
The Petrol Industry Federation (PIF) says a new federal inspection program will require petro chemicals manufacturers to obtain a federal permit before they can ship goods to China or any other country.
The program, known as Petrochemical Safety Review (PSR), will require companies to undergo a comprehensive review of their processes, procedures and policies, said PIF president, Steve McFarland.
“We will also be looking at compliance issues, and the safety of our products,” he added.PIF was the lead group in pushing the federal government to launch the program in 2009.
It has since been working with other groups, including the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), the American Chemical Society (ACS) and others, to push for the program.
According to a report from the Government Accountability Office, the PSR program is the most stringent in the United States.
In the most recent report released in September, it noted that the program is among the most rigorous in the world.
The report noted that in the past three years, it has “received hundreds of reports of safety violations, including unsafe processing of petrochlorinated chemicals, chemical leakage, and chemical spillages.”
Petrochem says the new program, to be called Petrochemical Inspection Services (PIS), will be a national initiative and will be administered by the U,S.
Department of Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.,S.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
It will also involve a federal database of safety inspectors, the report said.
Petrochemical Inspection Service (Petros) will be able to inspect any petro chemical processing facility within 30 miles of a petroChemicals manufacturers will be required to obtain approval from the US EPA for each shipment.
The program will also require Petros inspectors to be licensed to do inspections and conduct inspections for a certain number of hours per day.
According the report, the cost of implementing the program will be $20 million.
The Federal Trade Commission will also oversee the program, the company said.PIFA and the other trade groups who signed the petition are calling for the creation of a national inspection and safety watchdog to ensure safety standards are upheld at petropetrochemical facilities.
Petropetros said it was “pleased” with the new PIS program, but said it will not be able go into effect immediately because of the federal regulations.
It also said it plans to sue the government over the new requirements.
“This is not a safety review, this is a regulatory review,” Petros executive vice president, Michael Zaid, told Reuters.
Zaid said the company would also challenge the constitutionality of the program if it goes into effect.
“There are no federal regulations on petro, but there are some federal regulations that apply to petro products and those are regulations that will be enforced by the United states government,” he said.