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EPA Considering Changes to Risk Management Program

Posted By Gabe Ridley, Wednesday, October 8, 2014
In August 2013 - four months after the West Fertilizer Company explosion in West, Texas - President Obama issued Executive Order 13650, directing regulatory authorities to look at methods for improving chemical facility safety. In response to this order, the EPA is proposing to amend the Risk Management Program regulations promulgated under Section 112 of the Clean Air Act. These regulations provide guidance for chemical accident prevention by requiring sources with more than a "threshold quantity" of a listed "regulated substance" to develop and implement a Risk Management Plan (RMP). On July 31, 2014, the EPA published a Request for Information in the Federal Register seeking public input on a proposed rule that would 1) increase the list of regulated substances covered under the RMP program, 2) adjust the threshold quantities for certain listed substances, and 3) require greater cooperation between industries and local emergency responders. These changes could bring new facilities within the program's scope and increase the regulatory burden on facilities already covered. Comments are due by October 29, 2014.

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