Proposed Changes to the Risk Management Program (RMP) Rule

Rule Summary

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to amend the Accidental Release Prevention Requirements for Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act, Section 112(r)(7). The proposed revisions aim to modernize EPA's RMP regulations as required under Executive Order (EO) 13650. EO 13650 directs the federal government to carry out a number of tasks intended to prevent chemical incidents, such as the explosion in West, Texas on April 17, 2013.

The proposed revisions include several changes to the accident prevention program requirements, including:

Public Hearing

A public hearing on the proposed rule was held on March 29, 2016.

  • An additional requirement for the process hazard analysis (PHA) required for Program 3 processes,
  • Enhancements to the emergency preparedness requirements,
  • Increased public availability of chemical hazard information, and
  • Several other changes to certain regulatory definitions and data elements submitted in the RMPs.

The comment period closed on May 13, 2016.

Proposed Rule: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act, Section 112(r)(7)(PDF)(76 pp, 811 K, About PDF)

For supporting materials, see: Additional Resources.

Rule History

On August 1, 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order (EO) 13650: Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security following several catastrophic chemical facility incidents in the United States. The focus of the EO is to reduce risks associated with hazardous chemicals to owners and operators, workers, and communities by enhancing the safety and security of chemical facilities.

The keys areas of emphasis under the EO are:

  • Strengthening community planning and preparedness,
  • Enhancing federal operational coordination,
  • Improving data management, and
  • Modernizing policies and regulations.

On July 31, 2014, the Risk Management Program (RMP) Request for Information (RFI) was published in the Federal Register. The RFI sought comment on potential revisions to EPA’s RMP regulations and related programs to modernize its regulations, guidance, and policies as required under the EO. The public comment period closed October 29, 2014. Public comments may be viewed online at Regulations.gov.

On November 4, 2015, EPA invited small businesses, governments, and not-for-profit organizations to participate as Small Entity Representatives (SERs) for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel.

Additional Resources

Frequent Questions

Technical Support Documents

Several technical support documents are provided here for your convenience. For additional technical support documents, please see the proposed rule docket: EPA-HQ-OEM-2015-0725.