On March 16, 2017, the EPA issued a final rule providing a 90-day administrative stay for the effective date of the amendments to the Risk Management Plan (RMP) rule in response to a petition . This delays the effective date of the final rule until June 19, 2017.
On March 29, 2017, EPA’s Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule to further delay the effective date of the amendments until February 19, 2019 (an additional 20 months).
The proposed delays came after several petitions to the amendments from the RMP Coalition, the Chemical Safety Advocay Group, and states. The EPA believes the delays will allow enough time to reveiw these petitions.
EPA held a public hearing regarding the proposed effective date on April 19th, and the written comments deadline was May 19, 2017. There has not yet been an update on the proposed rule. For more information go to the federal register or view the docket folder at regulations.gov.To find out more about this topic, click here.