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Final rule will delay risk management program amendments for 20 months

Rule awaits White House approval

Posted June 12, 2017

On June 7, EPA’s final rule to further delay the effective date of the Risk Management Program (RMP) rule amendments reached the White House Budget Office for review. On April 3, EPA proposed to postpone the effective date of the RMP rule amendments until February 19, 2019 — a delay of 20 months. EPA said the delay would allow it time to consider several petitions for reconsideration that it has received from trade organizations and to finalize a rule codifying the new effective date.

The RMP rule amendments, published January 13, 2017, were intended to modernize the RMP regulations to better prevent catastrophic chemical accidents. The amendments addressed various parts of risk management programs, including prevention programs at stationary sources, emergency response preparedness requirements, and information availability.

EPA first postponed the RMP rule amendments in March 2017, with a final rule to stay and delay the effective date of the amendments to June 19, 2017.

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