Saturday, August 13, 2022

OMB Approves EPA RMP Release Prevention NPRM

Yesterday the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced that it had approved a notice of proposed rulemaking from the EPA on “Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Program Under the Clean Air Act; Retrospection”. According to the abstract in Spring 2022 Unified Agenda listing for the rulemaking:

“The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering revising the Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations, which implement the requirements of section 112(r)(7) of the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments. The RMP requires facilities that use listed extremely hazardous substances above specified threshold quantities to develop a Risk Management Plan. The EPA is reviewing the RMP rule in accordance with Executive Order 13990: Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis, which directs federal agencies to review existing regulations and take action to address the Administration’s priorities, including bolstering resilience to the impacts of climate change and prioritizing environmental justice.”

We are likely to see the NPRM published this coming week.

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