Tag: RMP

Chemicals, chemical tanks

More Details on the EPA’s RMP Reconsideration Rule

Facilities subject to Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act—better known as the Risk Management Program (RMP)—won a significant deregulatory victory with the EPA’s issuance of its RMP Reconsideration Rule. The Reconsideration Rule rescinds major portions of the RMP Amendments Rule the Obama EPA issued in January 2017.

EPA, Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Finalizes Reconsideration of Risk Management Program Provisions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its reconsideration of Risk Management Program provisions that were amended in 2017.  EPA opted to rescind some of the amended provisions for various reasons and retain or modify other provisions.  According to EPA, the latest revisions to the rule “better address potential security risks, reduce unnecessary and ineffective […]

Hazardous chemicals

Hazardous Chemicals and the General Duty Clause

The applicability of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Risk Management Program (RMP) is reasonably clear, but facilities with chemicals in amounts less than the RMP thresholds are finding themselves in trouble with the EPA because they are overlooking EPA’s General Duty Clause (42 U.S. Code 7412(r)(1)). Several times over the last 6 months the […]

The Latest Enviro Enforcement—From RMP to SPCC

Sorry, no million-dollar fines or penalties in our latest environmental enforcement roundup … but there are still some six-figure ones! These four recent cases cover compliance slip-ups ranging from risk management violations to spill prevention mishaps, and one company faces a half-million dollar fine.

Gavel, court decision

EPA’s 20-Month Delay of RMP Amendments Vacated by Court

Stating that the Trump EPA cannot use a general provision of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to negate a specific provision of the Act, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated an Agency final rule that sought to delay by 20 months the effective date of the Obama EPA’s […]

Balancing environmental enforcement and business

The Million-Dollar Environmental Penalties Just Keep Coming!

In our first environmental enforcement report for August 2018, there were two fines of over $1,000,000. In our second roundup for the month, there’s another one! Of course, there was also a fine for a mere $350, so it’s a wide range. Take a look at six recent cases and the penalties that were doled […]

Fire

RMP Regulations and the West, Texas, Explosion

The tragic explosion of fertilizer-grade ammonium nitrate at the West, Texas, distribution facility in April 2013 has had a powerful impact on the direction of the EPA’s implementation of the Clean Air Act’s Risk Management Program (RMP, CAA Section 112(r)).

RMP Amendments Require Safer Technology Assessment

Obama EPA’s most consequential actions to prevent accidents at facilities with hazardous chemicals have been written out in the Agency’s just released final amendments to regulations implementing Clean Air Act (CAA) section 112(r), more commonly called the Risk Management Program (RMP).