Environmental News Alert: EPA’s New RMP Modernization Rule May Result in Legal Challenges

July 27, 2016

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In the coming weeks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release its Risk Management Plan (RMP) Modernization Rule, which applies to all stationary sources with processes that contain more than a threshold quantity of a regulated substance. The proposed rule stems from President Obama’s issuance of Executive Order 13650 (Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security) following several catastrophic chemical facility incidents in the United States, most notably West, Texas. The order sought to reduce risks associated with hazardous chemicals to owners and operators, workers, and communities by enhancing the safety and security of chemical facilities. The rule will result in significant changes to the RMP, 40 C.F.R. § 68 et seq., which implements Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act.

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