The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services proposed various amendments to the California Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP) regulation on August 8, 2013. After a public written comment period and a public hearing process, the proposed CalARP regulation amendments have recently been approved by the Office of Administrative Law on October 8, 2014 and will take effect on January 1, 2015.

The following are the three key categories of the CalARP program amendments that were originally proposed in 2013:

  • Update toxic endpoints for all of Table 3 in Appendix A: The endpoint data has been available for the 77 chemicals on Table 1 (Federal Table), but not for 276 chemicals on Table 3 (California Specific Table).
  • Add petition provision in the CalARP program: A section was reserved in the original CalARP regulations, but was never added previously.
  • Clean up errors and inconsistency and clarify where appropriate.

On October 8, 2014, all of the proposed amendments were approved and adopted by the Office of Administrative Law, except for the proposed petition provision addition, which will remain as a reserved section. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services believes that the adopted amendments will result in increased worker safety at industrial plants handling hazardous materials as its overall objective is to ensure the protection of public health, public safety, and the environment.

In general, subject facilities with California specific toxic substance(s) may need to perform offsite consequence analysis using the specified endpoint(s) in Table 3 and update relevant sections of the Risk Management Plan consistent with the amendments when the next five year update is submitted to Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA), effective on January 1, 2015. The newly adopted amendments of the CalARP regulation are available here.