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EPA/OLEM RIN: 2050-AH05 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Financial Responsibility Requirements Under CERCLA Section 108(b) for the Chemical Manufacturing Industry 

Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, establishes certain authorities concerning financial responsibility requirements. On January 6, 2010, the Agency identified classes of facilities within the chemical manufacturing industry; the petroleum and coal products manufacturing industry, which primarily includes refineries and not coal mines; and the electric power generation, transmission, and distribution industry as those for which could develop, as necessary, financial responsibility requirements under CERCLA 108(b). On January 11, 2017, the Agency made a determination to proceed with rulemakings that will either develop proposed financial responsibility requirements under CERCLA 108(b), or determine such requirements are not warranted. This entry covers the Chemical Manufacturing Industry. In February 2020, EPA proposed to not impose financial responsibility requirements for facilities in the Chemical Manufacturing Industry under CERCLA section 108(b).

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 320   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.    42 U.S.C. 9608 (b)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
NPRM  Judicial  Consent Order  12/01/2022 
Final  Judicial  Consent Order  12/04/2024 

Overall Description of Deadline: Consent Order

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/21/2020  85 FR 10128   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/06/2020 
Final Rule  12/00/2020 
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OLEM-2019-0086
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
Sectors Affected: 325 Chemical Manufacturing 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Peggy Vyas
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Land and Emergency Management
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 5303P,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:703 308-5477

Scott Palmer
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Land and Emergency Management
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 5305P,
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:703 308-8621