The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to change its Risk Management Program (RMP), which includes regulations regarding chemical process safety.
The regulations also help emergency responders plan and respond to emergencies and provide communications to the public about chemical hazards.
The revisions come in light of accidents that have happened over the last 10 years, as more than 1,500 accidents have been reported to RMP. There have been approximately 60 deaths from these accidents, with 17,000 people sustaining injury. Around 500,000 people have been evacuated; there has been nearly $2 billion in property damages.
“Chemicals are a necessary part of our everyday lives; however, as we have too often seen, they can cause loss of life, injury and significant property damage,” Mathy Stanislaus, EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management, said. “It is these dangers that we are working to prevent and minimize as we propose revisions to the RMP, such as improving our prevention program requirements, ensuring coordination with first responders and ensuring that accident planning protects local communities that need to evacuate or shelter-in-place during an accident.”
The proposal will go for consideration of review, in order to modernize the RMP.