The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized amendments to the Accidental Release Prevention Requirements of Risk Management Programs (RMP) under the Clean Air Act, Section 112(r)(7) on December 21, 2016.
The revisions to EPA's RMP regulations and related programs to modernize its chemical safety and security regulations, guidance, and policies are required under Executive Order (EO) 13650: Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security.
The amendments to the current RMP regulation are intended to reduce the likelihood of accidental releases at chemical facilities, and improve emergency response activities when those releases occur, through:
- Addressing and improving accident prevention program elements
- Enhancing the emergency preparedness requirements
- Ensuring LEPCs (Local Emergency Planning Committees), local emergency response officials, and the public can access information in a user-friendly format to help them understand the risks at RMP facilities and better prepare for emergencies.