EPA Alerts Notices or Meetings Proposed Rules

September 6, 2022: EPA Proposing Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing changes to strengthen the Risk Management Program (RMP). The proposed rule, entitled “Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention Rule”, includes new safeguards aimed at protecting vulnerable communities from potential chemical accidents.
EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said “Protecting public health is central to EPA’s mission, particularly as we adapt to the challenges of climate change, and the proposal announced today advances this effort, especially for those in vulnerable communities. This rule will better protect communities from chemical accidents, and advance environmental justice for communities that have been disproportionately impacted by these facilities.”
The new rule would require regulated facilities to evaluate the risks associated with natural disasters, climate change, and a loss of power at the facility. It would also require more employee participation, enhanced facility planning and preparedness, and would require third party audits and safer technologies for those with a history of accidents.
EPA is holding three public meetings on the proposed rule. The meetings will be held on September 26-28, 2022.
For more information on the proposed rule: Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention Rule

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