Monday, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt delayed implementation of the Risk Management Plan
(RMP) until June 19, 2017.
The RMP rule
, which was finalized by the Obama administration on January 13, 2017, has faced much criticism from industry, including SOCMA. The rule, which was intended to take effect March 21, 2017, would have required chemical facilities to deliver additional extremely sensitive information of processes and chemicals stored on site, which could be used to attack the facilities if the information fell into the wrong hands.
SOCMA has been engaged in the regulatory process for RMP since the rule began development in 2014. SOCMA submitted comments on the proposed rule during the open comment period and followed up that work with a meeting with the Office of Management and Budget. SOCMA also had a representative, Brenda Seggerman of Hydrite Chemical, on the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act panel.
The 90-day extension will allow EPA to further review the rule and decide if an additional rulemaking is necessary. It should be noted that RMP has also been a target of the Congressional Review Act (CRA), and could be addressed by Congress as well.
SOCMA supports the delay and the CRA efforts of Congress. This will be a topic of great importance at SOCMA's Washington Fly-In