Tuesday, September 26, 2023

EPA Sends Accidental Release Final Rule to OMB

Yesterday, the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced that it had received a final rule from the EPA on “Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Program Under the Clean Air Act; Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention”. The EPA published [removed from paywall] the notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) for this action on August 31st, 2022.

According to the listing for this rulemaking in the 2023 Spring Unified Agenda:

“On August 31, 2022, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published proposed amendments to its Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations as a result of Agency review. The proposed revisions included several changes and amplifications to the accident prevention program requirements, enhancements to the emergency preparedness requirements, increased public availability of chemical hazard information, and several other changes to certain regulatory definitions or points of clarification. Such amendments seek to improve chemical process safety; assist in planning, preparedness, and responding to RMP-reportable accidents; and improve public awareness of chemical hazards at regulated sources. EPA plans to publish the final rule in 2023.”

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