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News Brief: Risk Management Rules Reduce Threat

Fall 1996

EPA recently finalized rules for the Risk Management Program ("RMP") pursuant to the Clean Air Act. The purpose of the rules are to minimize the risk of accidental releases of certain toxic chemicals and flammable substances, such as ammonia, propane, chlorine, and sulfur dioxide. Facilities subject to the rules must develop and implement a risk management program that includes a hazard assessment, a prevention program, and an emergency response program. The hazard assessment includes analysis of worst-case release scenarios and is used in determining the parameters of the risk management program. The accident prevention program must include safety information on the facility, as well as identification of facility hazards. The emergency response program details response measures to an accident.

The RMP rules apply to facilities that store certain chemicals in threshold quantities. The rules specify the chemicals and threshold amounts. The rules became effective on August 19, 1996.

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