Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Late EO 13650 Listening Session Updates

Today the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate published a notice in the Federal Register (79 FR 3602) providing ‘updated’ information concerning public listening sessions for the President’s Executive Order on Improving Chemical Safety and Security. (EO 13650). This updates information provided in a November Federal Register Notice.

Unfortunately, four of the five listening sessions listed in this update have already taken place, three of them had taken place when Assistant Secretary Durkovich signed this notice on January 10th (no reason is given for the delay between her signature and today’s posting). Fortunately, readers of this blog were already updated on these listening sessions back in December.

The link to the OSHA EO 13650 web site for information about these listening sessions is also apparently out of date, as it has no information about the location and times of the sessions. I have received an email from the EO 13650 Working Group with really updated information that includes a February 5th Listening Session in Newark, NJ. It provides links for the on-line registration for either attending in person or via teleconference.

Today’s Federal Register notice is indicative of how well the Working Group is meeting their time deadlines; a day late and a dollar short.

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