On June 9, 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator signed a final rule to further delay the effective date of the Risk Management Program (RMP) rule amendments for 20 months until February 19, 2019.
The rulemaking was initiated as a part of President Obama’s Executive Order on Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security, which came in response to the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, in 2013. GCCA played an active role engaging with EPA on its proposed revisions to RMP and led an industry coalition expressing concerns with several of EPA’s proposals along the way.
EPA is currently conducting a reconsideration proceeding to review objections raised by this coalition and other petitioners to the final RMP amendments rule. This delay of the effective date will allow EPA to complete the reconsideration process and to consider other issues that may benefit from additional comment.