EPA Signs RMP Final Rule Revisions



EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy signed the Risk Management Program (RMP) final rule revisions on December, 21, 2016, and EPA is submitting it for publication in the Federal Register (FR). The pre-publication version of this rule is available here until the final rule's Federal Register publication.  The rule will become effective 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register.

As discussed in the RMP proposed rules, published on March 14, 2016, the RMP rule changes are in response to Executive Order 13650, and focus on changes to the accident prevention program requirements in several key areas:

 

  • Additional analysis of safer technology and alternatives as part of the process hazard analysis for some Program 3 processes
  • Third-party audits and incident investigation root cause analysis for Program 2 and Program 3 processes
  • Enhancements to the emergency preparedness requirements
  • Increased public availability of chemical hazard information
  • Changes to certain regulatory definitions and data elements submitted in risk management plans. 

 

EPA states these amendments seek to improve chemical process safety, assist local emergency authorities in planning for and responding to accidents, and improve public awareness of chemical hazards at regulated sources.  The incoming Trump administration and /or Republican lawmakers have commented they may block or kill the rule changes.

For information on how these rule changes may affect your facility, contact Natalie VanLiew, P.E. at nvanliew@trinityconsultants.com.  For training on the rule changes, attend our upcoming course, Understanding and Application of RMP/PSM Requirements.