EPA Seeks Comments on Potential Revisions to its Risk Management Program

EPA is seeking comment on potential revisions to its Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations and related programs to improve chemical facility safety and security as required under Executive Order (EO) 13650: Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security. Once published in the Federal Register, there will be 90 days to provide input on regulatory elements and safety approaches.

During the 90-day comment period, EPA asks for information and data on specific regulatory elements and process safety management approaches to enhance public health and safety, and aid local fire, police, and emergency response personnel to prepare for and respond to chemical emergencies. The information received will be used when reviewing chemical hazards covered by the RMP and to determine how this program should be expanded to improve chemical facility safety. The RFI does not commit the agency to rulemaking.

The RFI addresses potentially updating the list of RMP regulated substances; seeks comment on strengthening or clarifying several existing process safety elements; and also seeks comment on adding additional risk management program elements. Among these is the use of inherently safer technologies such as whether or how gaseous chlorine use at water treatment facilities would continue to be allowed.

Ultimately, the Agency expects that this effort will enhance public health and safety, as well as assist local fire, police, and emergency responders to prepare for and respond to chemical emergencies. You can learn more here.   To view EPA’s RFI and provide public comment, please go to:  http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/eo_improving_chem_fac.htm.  Once published, the public will have 90 days to submit written comments online, www.regulations.gov (the portal for Federal rulemaking), or by mail.

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