The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking further steps to encourage safe practices at chemical plants. The Agency finalized a rule amending its Risk Management Program (RMP) regulations to reduce the prospect of accidental releases at chemical facilities and improve emergency response when accidents do happen, according to an article from Hydrocarbon Processing.
The amendments are reportedly part of an executive order from President Obama designed to improve chemical facility safety and security. According to the article, the amendments are intended to prevent catastrophic accidents by improving accident prevention program requirements, enhancing emergency preparedness to ensure coordination between facilities and local communities, improving information access to help the public understand the risks at RMP facilities and improving third-party audits at RMP facilities.
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