Risk Management Program
EPA's Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions regulations, also known as the Risk Management Program, were created to prevent catastrophic chemical releases that may effect human health and the environment.
- Submission and Deregistration - submitting, resubmitting or deregistering a facility
- Guidance - develop a Risk Management Program at your facility
- Risk Management Plans (RMPs) in your community
- Region 5 Risk Management Program
Submission and Deregulation
Submitting your Risk Management Plan (RMP): Facilities required to submit an RMP can find out about RMP*eSubmit
Deregistration: If your facility is no longer subject to the RMP regulations, you must send a letter to deregister your facility to the RMP Reporting Center within six months.
Contacts: RMP Hotline 800-424-8346
Is your facility subject to Risk Management Program regulations?
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Facilities that use, produce, store, or transport more than a threshold quantity of one or more RMP listed chemicals in a process are required to develop a Risk Management Program and submit a Risk Management Plan to EPA.
Your facility needs to submit a Risk Management Plan on or before the first day that an RMP listed chemical is first present above a threshold quantity in a process.
- RMP*eSubmit - Electronic submittal of corrections
Compliance Guidance: Documents developed to help your facility comply with the RMP regulations.
- RMP Guidance
- Basic Awareness Fact Sheet for Small Business (PDF) (4 pp, 223K) April 1998
- General Duty Clause Fact Sheet (EPA 550-F-09-002) (PDF) (2 pp, 56K) March 2009
Enforcement Guidance: Enforcement and Penalty policies
- Chemical Accident Prevention Enforcement
- Combined Enforcement Policy (PDF) (22 pp, 187K) August 15, 2001
RMPs in your community
The Risk Management Program makes your community safer by asking facilities that handle large quantities of extremely hazardous chemicals to better understand their processes and how things can go wrong. When companies plan for the worst, it is less likely that the worst will happen.
For more information about RMP facilities in your community
- Contact your Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). LEPCs work to understand chemical hazards in the community, develop emergency plans in case of an accidental release, and look for ways to prevent chemical accidents.
Search for an LEPC in the LEPC Database
- Review the RMP at a Federal Reading Room site. In the interest of reducing security threats while maintaining public access to information, the most sensitive parts of the RMP including the Off-site Consequence Analysis can only be accessed at a federal reading room.
- Chicago, IL - visit the reading room at EPA Region 5 by appointment: 312-353-9045
- Call 888-442-9267 for an appointment at any of the reading rooms managed by the Department of Justice:
- Indianapolis, IN
- Minneapolis, MN
- Milwaukee, WI
- Detroit, MI
- Columbus, OH
About the Risk Management Program in Region 5
- Region 5 has more RMP facilities than any other region.
- Illinois has more facilities than any other State in Region 5.
- Common RMP industries in the region include
- fertilizer retailers and producers,
- water treatment facilities,
- cold storage facilities,
- chemical facilities
- The state of Ohio has accepted delegation of the RMP program and administers the program with federal oversight.
As of August 2009:
- Region 5 had 2984 facilities registered with Risk Management Plans.
- Of the 140 covered substances, anhydrous ammonia and chlorine accounted for 57% of Region 5's filers.
RMP by Industry Type:
RMP Chemicals by Facility:
- RMP Newsletters & Press Releases from EPA Region 10
- Ten Tips (for Agricultural Ammonia retailers) to Prepare for EPA Risk Managment Program Inspections - November 2007 from EPA Region 7
- Environmental Laws Applicable to Construction and Operation of Ethanol Plants (PDF)(104 pp, 3M) November 2007 from EPA Region 7
- Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (§1926.64) - May 1996 from US Department of Labor OSHA Office of Training and Education