EPA Proposes Changes to Risk Management Plan Rules

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On August 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) posted the pre-Federal Register publication of its latest effort to revise the Risk Management Plan (RMP) rule – this time titled the “Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention” or SCCAP rule.  EPA proposes to reinstate many of the 2017 revisions (e.g., third-party audits, safer technology analysis, and enhanced information sharing with the public) that it rescinded in 2019, but the new proposed rule would do so in a more limited manner.  Consistent with other EPA actions under the Biden Administration, the key underlying principles supporting the changes are reducing the impacts of climate change and ensuring that overburdened environmental justice communities have access to detailed information about nearby facilities to assist with their participation in activities that can affect their neighborhoods.

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