Friday, February 16, 2024

OMB Approves EPA Accidental Release Final Rule

Yesterday, the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced that it had approved 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 rule was sent to the OMB on September 25th, 2023. The notice of proposed rulemaking was published on August 31st, 2022.

According to the Fall 2023 Unified Agenda entry for this rulemaking:

“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 December 2023.”

The final rule will probably be published in the Federal Register next week.

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