EPA Proposes Revisions to Regulations Regarding Chemical Accidents

The changes are meant to reduce the frequency of accidental chemical releases particularly at facilities with high accident rates and within proximity to vulnerable communities. Potential facilities impacted by the changes to the Risk Management Program (RMP) rule include water and wastewater treatment facilities, chemical manufacturers and distributors, and chemical warehouses.

Notable provisions include greater requirements for transparency with the public, employee engagement, evaluations of risks posed by climate change and natural hazards and enhanced facility planning and preparedness efforts. Higher risk facilities may be required to adopt new technologies and alternatives analysis and undergo third party audits.

EPA is holding three virtual public hearings on the proposed rule along with a public comment period for concerned parties to provide feedback. For more information on the proposed rule: RMP Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention Proposed Rule.

Contact APWA Government Affairs Manager Ryan McManus at mcmanus@apwa.net or at (202) - 218 -6727 if you have questions.