The Risk Management Program (RMP) Rule requires facilities that use extremely hazardous substances to develop a risk management plan. Once developed, these plans must be revised and resubmitted to EPA every five years.
The RMP Rule was finalized by EPA and is currently at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) where it is pending approval.
SOCMA’s goal is to ensure that the RMP rule does not create subjective standards, force facilities to misuse resources that can be applied to process safety improvements or create facility security risks. SOCMA therefore recommends the removal of Safer Technology Alternatives Analysis (STAAs), third party audit requirements, information disclosures and fenceline monitoring.
Matt Manna, EHS&S Manager, Ascensus Specialties LLC. and Wanda Smith, Product Stewardship Specialist, Halocarbon Products Corporation, met with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget to discuss the adverse effects of EPA’s RMP Rule on the specialty chemical industry.