Health and safety regs part of SOTU, advocates hope

The Center for Effective Government is hoping President Obama will spend part of his State of the Union Address Tuesday night reiterating his support for stronger public health and safety protections.

Federal agencies are working to finalize rules for everything from greenhouse gases emissions to safer foods.

Ron White, CEG’s director of Regulatory Policy, said he hopes the president talks about rules that address needed financial protections under the Dodd-Frank Act, as well as the proposed ozone standards under the Clean Air Act.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), he said, are also expected to propose new safety regulations for chemical facilities this year following the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in Texas, which killed 15 people. He hopes the President mentions the need for those regulations as well.