Accession Number:

ADB177262

Title:

Chemical Weapons Convention Inspections of Private Facilities: Application of United States Environmental and Safety Laws

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept. 1 Feb 92-7 May 1993

Corporate Author:

BDM FEDERAL INC MCLEAN VA

Report Date:

1993-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

77.0

Abstract:

The on-site inspection provisions of the Chemical Weapons Convention CWC must be executed in compliance with legal obligations to protect the environment and public safety. Federal implementing legislation can expedite fulfillment of these obligations in accord with domestic statutory requirements. CWC sampling activities will likely invoke the application of the primary environmental and safety statutes in the United States. These include the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act. Perhaps the most complex environmental and safety issue to be faced in the CWC implementing legislation is the role that state and local regulations and regulators should play in the inspection process. Congress can ensure that verification activities are conducted in accord with national environmental and safety standards by selecting from a broad range of options, and pursuing three integrated policies 1 maximizing CWC compliance 2 minimizing burdens on facility owners and 3 clarifying the role of state and local interests. Chemical weapons convention, Implementing legislation, On-site inspections, Sampling, Environment.

Subject Categories:

  • Air Pollution and Control
  • Water Pollution and Control
  • Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE