The Federal Government is pushing to change the rules for industrial chemicals after the industry blamed a major leak at its Goyal plant on a shortage of chemicals.
The Greens and independents are calling for a change in the way the chemicals are regulated and for more transparency from the Government.
The Federal Government has been consulting on a new regulatory framework for industrial chemical companies after a major fire at the Goyal chemical plant in November.
It has since been accused of failing to ensure the safety of its industrial chemicals.
Goyal says there is no link between the fire and the shortage of some chemicals at the site.
However, the Government says there are no problems with the safety standards of chemicals and has said it will consider any recommendations for improving them.
“Goyal has an excellent reputation for the quality of its chemicals, and the quality standards are in place to ensure their safe handling,” Industry Minister Peter Garrett said in a statement.
“In response to concerns about safety, the Department has undertaken a review of its safety standards, including an assessment of the current safety status of the Groyne plant.”
He said the Government had not identified any major concerns with the plant and it would be making changes to ensure it had the “best possible environment for the safe handling and use of chemicals”.
Industry groups have said the changes could mean companies can be charged up to $2,000 more to import their chemicals.
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