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EPA Finalizes Amendments to Risk Management Program Rule

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized amendments to the Accidental Release Prevention Requirements for Risk Management Plans under the Clean Air Act, Section 112(r)(7). The amendments aim to modernize EPA's RMP regulations as required under Executive Order (EO) 13650.

The amendments intend to:

  • Address and improve accident prevention program elements to prevent catastrophic events;
  • Enhance the emergency preparedness requirements;
  • Ensure LEPCs (Local Emergency Planning Committees), local emergency response officials, and the public can access information in a user-friendly format to help them understand the risks at RMP facilities and better prepare for emergencies;
  • Improve 3rd party audits at RMP facilities.

The amendments are in response to Executive Order (EO) 13650: Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security, issued August 1, 2013 by President Obama following several catastrophic chemical facility incidents in the U.S.

The final rule was signed by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on December 21st, 2016 and is awaiting publication in the Federal Register.

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