Examining the Chemical Disaster Rule: Storage of Hazardous Chemicals After the Texas and Beirut Explosions

Mitigating Risk, Practicability, State Restrictions; Implications of Harris County v. EPA

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

1:00pm-2:30pm EST, 10:00am-11:30am PST

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, December 4, 2020

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This CLE webinar will examine the Chemical Disaster Rule and the current litigation brought by Texas to reinstate the regulations regarding the storage of ammonium nitrate and other hazardous materials after the deadly explosions in cities across Texas and most catastrophically in Beirut, Lebanon.


The catastrophic explosion in Beirut earlier this year has led to a reexamination of the storage of ammonium nitrate and other hazardous materials in the United States. While the Obama administration proposed rules to restrict storage and implement regulations, the current administration rolled back those regulations in 2019.

Subsequently, multiple explosions have occurred in Texas related to ammonium nitrate. Harris County, Tex. filed suit against the EPA to reinstate the proposed 2013 restrictions. In addressing the Harris County case, the EPA will address what it means to have "practicable" restrictions on ammonium nitrate.

Counsel for companies must prepare to mitigate liability risks associated with storage, transportation, and use of these chemical materials. Proper risk assessment, worker training, and hazard communications are all means of assessment. As part of that assessment companies and counsel must answer: What material is being stored? Why is it being stored? Where is it being stored? How is it being stored?

Listen as our expert panel addresses the issues related to ammonium nitrate and similar hazardous chemicals and what the future of environmental regulation is in this field.



  1. Harris County v. EPA
  2. Examining the Chemical Disaster Rule after the Beirut and Texas explosions
  3. Mitigating risk for storage of hazardous chemicals
    1. Risk assessment
    2. Worker training
    3. Hazard communication
  4. Practicability
  5. State restrictions
    1. Texas
      1. Community Right to Know Act
      2. Material safety data
    2. California


The panel will review these and other key topics:

  • Can the Harris County vs. EPA lawsuit reinstate the Chemical Disaster Rule?
  • Are deadly explosions in Texas and Beirut leading to legislation or restrictions on ammonium nitrate and other hazardous materials?
  • What are the best means to mitigate the risk of storage of ammonium nitrate?
  • How can worker training and communication affect risk for storage of hazardous chemicals?
  • What major state restrictions on ammonium nitrate storage exist? Where is future legislation likely to come from?


Elliott, Scott
Scott A. Elliott

Baker Botts

Mr. Elliott advises a wide range of clients on environmental, health and safety issues. He routinely counsels clients...  |  Read More

Richardson, Kimberly
Kimberly Richardson

Senior Counsel

Ms. Richardson serves as Senior Counsel at DuPont and is responsible for overseeing legal matters related to health,...  |  Read More

Solow, Steven
Steven P. Solow

Baker Botts

Mr. Solow is Chair of the firm’s Environmental Litigation Practice and Co-Chair of the White Collar Criminal...  |  Read More

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