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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 Hotline. Regional 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.
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
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.
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.
|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