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bulletGeneral Information bulletOverview bulletSubmitting a Risk Management Plan bulletRe-submitting, Correcting, or Withdrawing an RMP bulletLaws and Regulations bulletGuidance for facilities in RMP-authorized states (such as the State of Georgia) bulletChecklists bulletEPA RMP Checklist bulletGuidance bulletOther Links bullet Non-EPA Sites

 

Description:

Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) requires covered facilities to develop risk management programs to prevent accidental releases of dangerous chemicals. Facilities are required to submit risk management plans (RMPs) to a central location by June 1999. The RMPs will be electronically available to State and local governments and citizens to help them understand local chemical hazards and take steps to prevent accidents. Obviously, you want to take great care that they are complete and accurate, but do not exaggerate nor understate the risks! This page provides access to information on the legislation, and supporting regulation, guidance, fact sheets, and systems related to this section of the law.

For an overview of Chemical Accident Prevention and Risk Management Planning, please see the EPA  fact sheets available here and training modules. Copies of documents may be obtained in hard copy from EHSO (Benivia, LLC) at

For assistance in identifying appropriate information and information sources and in answering factual questions about RMPs and implementation of CAA 112(r), contact EHSO at 770-645-0788  or the RCRA/UST/Superfund/EPCRA HotlineRegional and EPA Headquarters 112(r) Contacts are available to answer the more interpretive policy questions and handle issues related to RMP implementation. Suggestions or comments about what is on this web page may be sent through the  EHSO feedback form. The EHSO feedback form may also be used to pose questions of policy interpretation, too, although these will be routed through our Question and Answer process and answers will only be posted on the Q and A database.

Information related to CAA 112(r) will be posted on this page as it becomes available.  

bullet The Accident Prevention Subcommittee page focuses on the scientific and technical aspects related to Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act as Amended in 1990. In November 1998, after much debate, a letter describing EPA's decision not to post the OCA data on the Internet was sent to this sub-committee. bullet The Risk Management Program Implementation Workgroup page focuses on the facilitating the implementation of EPA's Risk Management Program Rule. bullet The Electronic Submission Workgroup page focuses on the task of determining how electronic submission of "risk management plans" (RMPs) can be accomplished and how the public can best access and utilize the data. The Workgroup completed its work in June, 1997.

Checklists

New RMP Factsheet: A Checklist for Resubmitting Your Risk Managment Plan (RMP) for Chemical Accident Prevention

In 1996, EPA established a list of extremely hazardous substances and issued regulations for the prevention and mitigation of accidental releases of those substances under section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act. Facilities covered by the regulations are required to implement a risk management program and submit a description of the program (called a risk management plan, or RMP) to EPA.

RMPs must be updated at least once every five years. The majority of facilities submitted their initial RMP's by the original June 21, 1999 deadline and have not resubmitted their RMPs since. This means that most RMP's must be fully updated and resubmitted by June 21, 2004.

This PDF guide should prove very useful: A Checklist for Resubmitting Your Risk Management Plan (RMP) For Chemical Accident Prevention

This factsheet (an MS Word document) provides another checklist for preparing a 5-year update. It is important that owners and operators responsible for RMP implementation review this information and take appropriate steps to update their RMPs.

Risk Management Plan (RMP) Rule

Guidance Documents
bullet General Risk Management Plan Guidance bullet Propane Storage Facilities Risk Management Plan Guidance bullet Wastewater Treatment Plants Risk Management Plan Guidance bullet Warehouses Risk Management Plan Guidance bullet Chemical Distributors Risk Management Plan Guidance bullet Offsite Consequence Analysis Risk Management Plan Guidance bullet Technical Background Document for Offsite Consequence Analysis for Anhydrous Aqueous Ammonia, Chlorine, and Sulfur Dioxide bulletmyRMP Suite of Retail Agriculture Guidance Materials Exit EPA
  bullet Guidance for Implementation of the General Duty Clause Clean Air Act Section 112(r) (PDF) (55 pp, 367K) bulletRMPs Are on the Way! - How LEPCs and other Local Agencies Can Include Information from Risk Management Plans in Their Ongoing Work (PDF) (62 pp, 1.1MB)
Issued: November 1999 bulletGuidance for Auditing Risk Management Plans/Programs under the Clean Air Act Section 112(r) (PDF) (94 pp, 855K)
Issued: August 1999 bulletRisk Management Programs under Clean Air Act Section 112(r): Guidance for Implementing Agencies (PDF) (58 pp, 144K)
Issued: February 1998 bulletRisk Management Program Guidances Errata Sheet (PDF) (8 pp, 19K) bullet Ammonia Refrigeration Risk Management Plan Guidance

Related Policies
bulletSecurity Notice To Federal, State and Local Officials Receiving Access to the Risk Management Program’s Off-site Consequence Analysis Information (PDF) (8 pp, 37K)
Issued: October 2004 bulletStrategy for Coordinated EPA/Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Implementation of the Chemical Accident Prevention Requirements of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (PDF) (2 pp, 15K)
Issued: August 1998 bulletMemorandum of Understanding between EPA and CSB on Chemical Incidents (PDF) (10 pp, 22K)
Issued: March 1999

Fact Sheets
bullet Public Distribution of Off-Site Consequence Analysis Information (PDF) (3 pp, 406K)
Issued: August 2000
Describes the final regulations governing access to and dissemination of restricted forms of information about the potential off-site consequences of accidental chemical releases. bulletFBI/EPA fact sheet Chemical Safety Information, Site Security and Fuels Regulatory Relief Act: Public Meetings and Other Notification (PDF) (4 pp, 89K)
Issued: October 1999

Chemical Safety Information, Site Security and Fuels Regulatory Relief Act (PDF) (2 pp, 78K)
Issued: August 1999
EPA has prepared a fact sheet that describes the law's requirements. bulletUS EPA Assessment of the Incentives Created by Public Disclosure of Off-Site Consequence Analysis Information for Reduction in the Risk of Accidental Releases (PDF) (149 pp, 1MB)
Issued: April 18, 2000 bullet Changes to the Chemical Accident Prevention Rule (Risk Management Program) in 2004 (PDF) (3 pp, 37K)
Issued: March 2004 bulletThe General Duty Clause Fact Sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 51K)
Issued: June 1999 bullet Owners, Operators of Stationary Sources Must Comply with Clean Air Act’s "General Duty" Clause (PDF) (2 pp, 47K)
Issued: August 1998 bulletChanges to the Risk Management Program Rule (PDF) (2 pp, 134K)
Issued: December 1998 bulletRisk Management Planning: Accidental Release Prevention; Final Rule: Clean Air Act section 112(r) (13K, TXT)
Issued: May 1996 bulletChemical Accident Prevention and the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (19K, TXT) Issued: May 1996 bullet Fact Sheet: Risk Management Plan (RMP) Audit Program (PDF) (2 pp, 71K) bulletSmall Business and the Risk Management Program (PDF) (4 pp, 229K)
Issued: April 1998 bulletThe General Duty Clause Fact Sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 51K)
Issued: June 1999 bulletFunding Sources for Implementing the Risk Management Program Fact Sheet, May 1998 bullet
Originally appeared in the December 1997 report, State Strategies and Considerations for Implementing the Chemical Accidental Release Prevention Program, which was prepared by the National Governors' Association Center for Best Practices under a cooperative agreement with EPA.
bullet Chemical Emergency Preparedness and Prevention in Indian Country (PDF) (5 pp, 56K)
Issued: August 2002 bulletAccidental Release Information Program (ARIP) Fact Sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 56K)
Issued: November 1994

FAQs - Frequent Questions
bullet Risk Management Program Amendments Rule FAQs
Issued: April 2004
These questions and answers concern the final amendments to the submission schedule and data elements. This rule was published on April 9, 2004. bulletClean Air Act 112(r) Frequently Asked Questions
Revised: February 2006
These questions and answers regarding the Risk Management Program Rule under the Clean Air Act Section 112(r) have been approved for release. bullet Chemical Safety Information, Site Security, and Fuels Regulatory Relief Act (PL 106_40) Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Issued: June 2000
Find out more about public meetings, certification, and notification requirements of this new law. This applies to facilities that report Risk Management Plans under the Clean Air Act Section 112(r). bullet OSHA's Standard Interpretations and Compliance Letters
A text-searchable web site for of interpretations of the OSHA Standards, by USDOL OSHA - Directorate of Compliance Programs. Since OSHA's PSM program is so closely related to EPA's RMP program, a link is being made to this OSHA page which provides search capabilities as well as numeric and chronological listing of frequent questions.

Laws Defining EPA's Emergency Management Program


 
Law Overview Full Text
Clean Air Act (CAA) Overview 42 U.S.C. 7401-7671
Clean Water Act (CWA) Overview 33 U.S.C. 26
Oil Pollution Act (OPA) Overview 33 U.S.C. 40
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, & Liability Act (CERCLA) Overview 42 U.S.C. 103
Superfund Amendments & Reauthorization Act (SARA) Overview 42 U.S.C. 103
Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know (EPCRA) Overview 42 U.S.C. 116
Chemical Safety Information, Site Security and Fuels Regulatory Relief Act (CSISSFRRA) Overview 42 U.S.C. 7412(r)
Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA) Overview 49 U.S.C. 5101-5127

Regulations Implementing EPA's Emergency Management Program


 
Regulation Overview Full Text Related FR Notices
Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions Overview 40 CFR 68 FR Notices
Discharge of Oil Overview 40 CFR 110 FR Notices
Oil Pollution Prevention Overview 40 CFR 112 FR Notices
National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan Overview 40 CFR 300 FR Notices
Designation, Reportable Quantities, and Notification Overview 40 CFR 302 FR Notices
Reimbursement to Local Governments for Emergency Response to Hazardous Substance Releases Overview 40 CFR 310 FR Notices
Emergency Planning and Notification Overview 40 CFR 355 FR Notices
Hazardous Chemical Reporting: Community Right-to-Know Overview 40 CFR 370 FR Notices
Criteria for State, Local and Regional Oil Removal Contingency Plans Overview 40 CFR 109 FR Notices

Each regulation is referenced by its location in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). For example, "40 CFR 300" means that the regulation is in Volume 40, Part 300 of the CFR.

Relevant Federal Register Notices

bullet Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions; 40 CFR 68 bulletDischarge of Oil; 40 CFR 110 bulletOil Pollution Prevention; 40 CFR 112 bulletNational Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan; 40 CFR 300 bullet Designation, Reportable Quantities, and Notification; 40 CFR 302 bullet Reimbursement to Local Governments for Emergency Response to Hazardous Substance Releases; 40 CFR 310 bulletEmergency Planning and Notification; 40 CFR 355 bulletHazardous Chemical Reporting: Community Right-to-Know; 40 CFR 370 bulletCriteria for State, Local and Regional Oil Removal Contingency Plans; 40 CFR 109

 

Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions; 40 CFR 68
bulletApril 9, 2004: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Program Requirements Under Clean Air Act Section 112(r)(7); Amendments to the Submission Schedule and Data Requirements; Final Rule. 69 FR 18819 (PDF) bulletAugust 4, 2000: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements; Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act Section 112(r)(7); Distribution of Off-Site Consequence Analysis Information; Final Rule. 65 FR 48107 (PDF) bulletMarch 13, 2000: Amendments to the List of Regulated Substances and Thresholds for Accidental Release Prevention; Flammable Substances Used as Fuel or Held for Sale as Fuel at Retail Facilities; Final Rule. 65 FR 13243 (PDF) bulletFebruary 22, 2000: Delegation of Authority to Conduct Assessments and Promulgate Regulations On Public Access to Off-Site Consequence Analysis Information (January 27, 2000 Memorandum). 65 FR 8631 (PDF) bulletJanuary 6, 1999: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements; Risk Management Programs Under Clean Air Act Section 112(r)(7); Amendments; Final Rule. 64 FR 963 (PDF) bulletJanuary 6, 1998: List of Regulated Substances and Thresholds for Accidental Release Prevention; Final Rule. 63 FR 639 (PDF) bulletAugust 25, 1997: List of Regulated Substances and Thresholds for Accidental Release Prevention; Final Rule. 62 FR 45129 (PDF) bulletAugust 25, 1997: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements; Interpretations; Final Rule. 62 FR 45133 (PDF) bulletJune 20, 1996: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act, Section 112(r)(7); List of Regulated Substances and Thresholds for Accidental Release Prevention, Stay of Effectiveness; and Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under Section 112(r)(7) of the Clean Air Act as Amended, Guidelines; Final Rules and Notice. 61 FR 31667 (PDF)

Integrated Contingency Plan Guidance (One Plan)

(Note: The official version of the One Plan Guidance was published in the Federal Register on June 5, 1996, and the official version in PDF format below contains the complete document as published. However, a correction was published in the Federal Register since several lines from table "DOT/RSPA FRP (49 CFR 194)" were omitted in the original published version. The text for the FR correction notice is also included below. The complete corrected version is available in WordPerfect format below.)

The National Response Team's Integrated Contingency Plan Guidance (One Plan) (Corrected Version) (64 pp, 266K, WPD)

The National Response Team's Integrated Contingency Plan Guidance (One Plan) (PDF) (24 pp, 830K)
Issued: June 1996

National Response Team's Integrated Contingency Plan (One Plan) Guidance Fact Sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 189K)
Issued: April 1998

Correction Notice for "The National Response Team's Integrated Contingency Plan Guidance (One Plan) (published June 19, 1996)"

NRT-1: Hazardous Materials Planning Guide (2001 Update) (PDF) (118 pp, 765K)

This update of the 1987 Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Guide (NRT-1, "Orange Book") contains updated references to guidance on developing state and local emergency response plans. Brief references to recent legislation have been incorporated to encourage plan integration and coordination. This updated version of NRT-1 includes new guidance on integrating local emergency response plans prepared and updated by Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) with the planning requirements contained in recent legislation.

NRT-2: Developing a Hazardous Materials Exercise Program - A Handbook for State and Local Officials

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Related Non-EPA Sites

bulletImproving Risk Communication, National Academy Press, Washington, D.C., 1989 bullet"Safety Street" and other materials on the Kanawha Valley Demonstration Program, Chemical Manufacturers Association, Arlington, VA bullet Community Awareness and Emergency Response Code of Management Practices and various Guidance, Chemical Manufacturers Association, Arlington, VA bulletCommunicating Risks to the Public, R. Kasperson and P. Stallen, eds., Kluwer Publishing Co., 1991 bullet "Challenges in Risk and Safety Communication with the Public,” S. Maher, Risk Management Professionals, Mission Viejo, CA, April 1996 bullet Primer on Health Risk Communication Principles and Practices, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry bullet Risk Communication about Chemicals in Your Community: A Manual for Local Officials, US Environmental Protection Agency, EPA EPCRA/Superfund/RCRA/CAA Hotline bullet Risk Communication about Chemicals in Your Community: Facilitator's Manual and Guide, US Environmental Protection Agency, EPA EPCRA/Superfund/RCRA/CAA Hotline bullet Chemicals, the Press, and the Public: A Journalist's Guide to Reporting on Chemicals in the Community, US Environmental Protection Agency, EPA EPCRA/Superfund/RCRA/CAA Hotline
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB)
CSB was authorized on November 15, 1990 with the enactment of the amendments to the Clean Air Act (42 USC 7412). Modeled after the National Transportation Board (NTSB), CSB has been directed by Congress to conduct investigations and report on findings regarding the causes of chemical accidents. Those findings will be used to recommend actions to improve the safety of operations involved in the production, transportation, and industrial handling, use and disposal of chemicals.
Chlorine Institute's page on the Risk Management Program Rule
Includes a brochure, flowchart, and information about ordering the Generic Risk Management Plan For Chlorine Packaging Plants and Sodium Hypochlorite Production Facilities.
Hot Topics at Safety Online
Another source for downloading the CAA 112(r) rule, data elements, and off-site consequence analysis.
Idaho site
A site devoted to the one-plan concept for farms.
Michigan's Air Quality Division page on CAA 112(r)
A page devoted to CAA 112(r) providing background, frequently asked questions and answers, and a discussion of how Title V sources must report that they are in compliance.
Risk Assessment and Risk Management in Regulatory Decision-Making
A document issued by the Presidential/ Congressional Commission on Risk Assessment in 1997 and available from the Commission's web site on Riskworld . Published in 2 long volumes, but you can view the table of contents for each volume in HTML and go to relevant sections from there. Available at no cost. For a hard copy, contact the Commission's office at (202) 233-9537.

 

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