There were recently important changes made to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Risk Management Program (RMP). On November 20, 2019, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the Risk Management Program Reconsideration final rule to “better address potential security risks, regulatory consistency and reasonable consideration of costs.” The EPA first proposed these changes to its RMP back in May 2018.
The following information and example dates come from an EPA press release found at https://www.epa.gov/rmp/final-risk-management-program-rmp-reconsideration-rule
The RMP Reconsideration final rule:
Rescinds all major accident prevention program provisions of the RMP Amendments rule (i.e., third party audits, safer technology and alternatives analyses, incident investigation root cause analysis), and most other minor changes to the prevention program.
Rescinds the public information availability provisions of the RMP Amendments rule.
Retains the requirement to hold a public meeting within 90 days after an accident, but only applies the requirement to accidents with offsite impacts.
Modifies the emergency coordination provisions to address security concerns with the Amendments rule coordination provisions.
Modifies the exercise provisions to give more flexibility to regulated facilities and local emergency responders in complying with these provisions.
Modifies some compliance dates to provide necessary time for program changes.
Example: Facility with most recent RMP re-submission date of June 2020
For more detailed info on the changes, please see this EPA Fact Sheet
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