US EPA is proposing to revise its Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations. The changes aim to improve chemical process safety, assist local emergency authorities in planning for and responding to accidents, and improve public awareness of chemical hazards at regulated sources.
Over the past ten years, EPA says, there have been more than 1,500 accidents at RMP-regulated facilities, involving nearly 60 deaths, some 17,000 injuries and more than $2bn in property damage. The Chemical Safety Board has asked EPA to improve RMP, following recent investigations into major accidents, including the Torrance refinery and the West Fertilizer plant.
Among the changes proposed are:
- consideration of safer technologies and alternatives by including assessment of Inherently Safer Technologies and Designs;
- requiring third-party audits and root cause analysis to identify process safety improvements;
- enhancing emergency planning and preparedness requirements to help ensure coordination between facilities and local communities;
- improving public access to information;
- strengthening emergency response planning; and
- improving the ability of LEPCs (Local Emergency Planning Committees) and local emergency response officials to better prepare for emergencies both individually and with one another.
Comments are invited within 60 days. More information can be found here.[post_title] => US EPA moves on RMP revision [post_excerpt] =>
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