On June 12, 2017 the EPA announced that a final rule has been signed to further delay the effective date of its Risk Management Program (RMP) Amendments by an additional 20 months. This postponement comes after a prior four-month delay, bringing the final delay to 2 years. The new effective date is February 19, 2019. Read the EPA's News Release below:
EPA News Release
"WASHINGTON (June 12, 2017) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a final rule to further delay the effective date of EPA’s Risk Management Program (RMP) Amendments an additional 20 months to allow the agency to conduct a reconsideration proceeding and to consider other issues that may benefit from additional comment. The new effective date of the rule is February 19, 2019.
“We are seeking additional time to review the program, so that we can fully evaluate the public comments raised by multiple petitioners and consider other issues that may benefit from additional public input," said Administrator Scott Pruitt.
Administrator Pruitt’s action to extend the effective date of the amendments until February 19, 2019, will allow the Agency time to evaluate the RMP Amendments. The Agency will consider the relevant questions and concerns submitted to the Agency through multiple petitions and other comments received during the public comment period and public hearing.
For more information on the Risk Management Program (RMP) Rule visit: www.epa.gov/rmp/final-amendments-risk-management-program-rmp-rule."