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EPA/OLEM RIN: 2050-AG95 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act; Reconsideration of Amendments 
Abstract: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised regulations designed to reduce the risk of accidental releases of hazardous chemicals. These regulations are part of the EPA's Risk Management Program (RMP), which the Agency established under authority in the Clean Air Act and amended on January 13, 2017. After a process of reconsidering several parts of the 2017 rule, EPA concluded that a better approach is to improve the performance of a subset of facilities by achieving greater compliance with RMP regulations instead of imposing additional regulatory requirements on the larger population of facilities that is generally performing well in preventing accidental releases. For this and other reasons, EPA rescinded the 2017 amendments to these regulations that it no longer considers reasonable or practicable relating to safer technology and alternatives analyses, third-party audits, incident investigations, information availability, and several other minor regulatory changes. EPA also modified regulations relating to local emergency coordination, emergency response exercises, and public meetings. In addition, the Agency changed the compliance dates for some of these provisions. 
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 68   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7412(r)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/30/2018  83 FR 24850   
Notice  07/24/2018  83 FR 34967   
Correction  07/31/2018  83 FR 36837   
Final Rule  12/19/2019  84 FR 69834   
Final Rule Effective  12/19/2019 
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OEM-2015-0725
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
Sectors Affected: 11511 Support Activities for Crop Production; 211112 Natural Gas Liquid Extraction; 221112 Fossil Fuel Electric Power Generation; 22131 Water Supply and Irrigation Systems; 22132 Sewage Treatment Facilities; 311 Food Manufacturing; 311411 Frozen Fruit, Juice, and Vegetable Manufacturing; 311511 Fluid Milk Manufacturing; 31152 Ice Cream and Frozen Dessert Manufacturing; 311612 Meat Processed from Carcasses; 311615 Poultry Processing; 322 Paper Manufacturing; 32411 Petroleum Refineries; 325 Chemical Manufacturing; 32519 Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing; 42469 Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers; 42471 Petroleum Bulk Stations and Terminals; 42491 Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers; 49311 General Warehousing and Storage; 49312 Refrigerated Warehousing and Storage; 49313 Farm Product Warehousing and Storage; 49319 Other Warehousing and Storage 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jim Belke
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Land and Emergency Management
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 5104A,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 564-8023

William Noggle
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Land and Emergency Management
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:202 566-1306