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    Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) requires covered facilities to develop risk management programs to prevent accidental releases of dangerous chemicals. Facilities are required to submit risk management plans (RMPs) to a central location by June 1999. The RMPs will be electronically available to State and local governments and citizens to help them understand local chemical hazards and take steps to prevent accidents. Obviously, you want to take great care that they are complete and accurate, but do not exaggerate nor understate the risks! This page provides access to information on the legislation, and supporting regulation, guidance, fact sheets, and systems related to this section of the law.

    For an overview of Chemical Accident Prevention and Risk Management Planning, please see the EPA fact sheets available here and training modules. Copies of documents may be obtained in hard copy from EHSO (Benivia, LLC) at

    For assistance in identifying appropriate information and information sources and in answering factual questions about RMPs and implementation of CAA 112(r), contact EHSO at 770-645-0788 or the RCRA/UST/Superfund/EPCRA Hotline. Regional and EPA Headquarters 112(r) Contacts are available to answer the more interpretive policy questions and handle issues related to RMP implementation. Suggestions or comments about what is on this web page may be sent through the EHSO feedback form. The EHSO feedback form may also be used to pose questions of policy interpretation, too, although these will be routed through our Question and Answer process and answers will only be posted on the Q and A database.

    Information related to CAA 112(r) will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

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    New RMP Factsheet: A Checklist for Resubmitting Your Risk Managment Plan (RMP) for Chemical Accident Prevention

    In 1996, EPA established a list of extremely hazardous substances and issued regulations for the prevention and mitigation of accidental releases of those substances under section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act. Facilities covered by the regulations are required to implement a risk management program and submit a description of the program (called a risk management plan, or RMP) to EPA.

    RMPs must be updated at least once every five years. The majority of facilities submitted their initial RMP's by the original June 21, 1999 deadline and have not resubmitted their RMPs since. This means that most RMP's must be fully updated and resubmitted by June 21, 2004.

    This PDF guide should prove very useful: A Checklist for Resubmitting Your Risk Management Plan (RMP) For Chemical Accident Prevention

    This factsheet (an MS Word document) provides another checklist for preparing a 5-year update. It is important that owners and operators responsible for RMP implementation review this information and take appropriate steps to update their RMPs.

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    Laws Defining EPA's Emergency Management Program

    Law Overview Full Text
    Clean Air Act (CAA) Overview 42 U.S.C. 7401-7671
    Clean Water Act (CWA) Overview 33 U.S.C. 26
    Oil Pollution Act (OPA) Overview 33 U.S.C. 40
    Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, & Liability Act (CERCLA) Overview 42 U.S.C. 103
    Superfund Amendments & Reauthorization Act (SARA) Overview 42 U.S.C. 103
    Emergency Planning & Community Right-to-Know (EPCRA) Overview 42 U.S.C. 116
    Chemical Safety Information, Site Security and Fuels Regulatory Relief Act (CSISSFRRA) Overview 42 U.S.C. 7412(r)
    Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA) Overview 49 U.S.C. 5101-5127

    Regulations Implementing EPA's Emergency Management Program

    Regulation Overview Full Text Related FR Notices
    Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions Overview 40 CFR 68 FR Notices
    Discharge of Oil Overview 40 CFR 110 FR Notices
    Oil Pollution Prevention Overview 40 CFR 112 FR Notices
    National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan Overview 40 CFR 300 FR Notices
    Designation, Reportable Quantities, and Notification Overview 40 CFR 302 FR Notices
    Reimbursement to Local Governments for Emergency Response to Hazardous Substance Releases Overview 40 CFR 310 FR Notices
    Emergency Planning and Notification Overview 40 CFR 355 FR Notices
    Hazardous Chemical Reporting: Community Right-to-Know Overview 40 CFR 370 FR Notices
    Criteria for State, Local and Regional Oil Removal Contingency Plans Overview 40 CFR 109 FR Notices

    Each regulation is referenced by its location in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). For example, "40 CFR 300" means that the regulation is in Volume 40, Part 300 of the CFR.

    Relevant Federal Register Notices

    Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions; 40 CFR 68
    • April 9, 2004: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Program Requirements Under Clean Air Act Section 112(r)(7); Amendments to the Submission Schedule and Data Requirements; Final Rule. 69 FR 18819 (PDF)
    • August 4, 2000: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements; Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act Section 112(r)(7); Distribution of Off-Site Consequence Analysis Information; Final Rule. 65 FR 48107 (PDF)
    • March 13, 2000: Amendments to the List of Regulated Substances and Thresholds for Accidental Release Prevention; Flammable Substances Used as Fuel or Held for Sale as Fuel at Retail Facilities; Final Rule. 65 FR 13243 (PDF)
    • February 22, 2000: Delegation of Authority to Conduct Assessments and Promulgate Regulations On Public Access to Off-Site Consequence Analysis Information (January 27, 2000 Memorandum). 65 FR 8631 (PDF)
    • January 6, 1999: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements; Risk Management Programs Under Clean Air Act Section 112(r)(7); Amendments; Final Rule. 64 FR 963 (PDF)
    • January 6, 1998: List of Regulated Substances and Thresholds for Accidental Release Prevention; Final Rule. 63 FR 639 (PDF)
    • August 25, 1997: List of Regulated Substances and Thresholds for Accidental Release Prevention; Final Rule. 62 FR 45129 (PDF)
    • August 25, 1997: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements; Interpretations; Final Rule. 62 FR 45133 (PDF)
    • June 20, 1996: Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act, Section 112(r)(7); List of Regulated Substances and Thresholds for Accidental Release Prevention, Stay of Effectiveness; and Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under Section 112(r)(7) of the Clean Air Act as Amended, Guidelines; Final Rules and Notice. 61 FR 31667 (PDF)

    Integrated Contingency Plan Guidance (One Plan)

    (Note: The official version of the One Plan Guidance was published in the Federal Register on June 5, 1996, and the official version in PDF format below contains the complete document as published. However, a correction was published in the Federal Register since several lines from table "DOT/RSPA FRP (49 CFR 194)" were omitted in the original published version. The text for the FR correction notice is also included below. The complete corrected version is available in WordPerfect format below.)

    The National Response Team's Integrated Contingency Plan Guidance (One Plan) (Corrected Version) (64 pp, 266K, WPD)

    The National Response Team's Integrated Contingency Plan Guidance (One Plan) (PDF) (24 pp, 830K)
    Issued: June 1996

    National Response Team's Integrated Contingency Plan (One Plan) Guidance Fact Sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 189K)
    Issued: April 1998

    Correction Notice for "The National Response Team's Integrated Contingency Plan Guidance (One Plan) (published June 19, 1996)"

    NRT-1: Hazardous Materials Planning Guide (2001 Update) (PDF) (118 pp, 765K)

    This update of the 1987 Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Guide (NRT-1, "Orange Book") contains updated references to guidance on developing state and local emergency response plans. Brief references to recent legislation have been incorporated to encourage plan integration and coordination. This updated version of NRT-1 includes new guidance on integrating local emergency response plans prepared and updated by Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs) with the planning requirements contained in recent legislation.

    NRT-2: Developing a Hazardous Materials Exercise Program - A Handbook for State and Local Officials

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    Related Non-EPA Sites

    Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB)
    CSB was authorized on November 15, 1990 with the enactment of the amendments to the Clean Air Act (42 USC 7412). Modeled after the National Transportation Board (NTSB), CSB has been directed by Congress to conduct investigations and report on findings regarding the causes of chemical accidents. Those findings will be used to recommend actions to improve the safety of operations involved in the production, transportation, and industrial handling, use and disposal of chemicals.
    Chlorine Institute's page on the Risk Management Program Rule
    Includes a brochure, flowchart, and information about ordering the Generic Risk Management Plan For Chlorine Packaging Plants and Sodium Hypochlorite Production Facilities.
    Hot Topics at Safety Online
    Another source for downloading the CAA 112(r) rule, data elements, and off-site consequence analysis.
    Idaho site
    A site devoted to the one-plan concept for farms.
    Michigan's Air Quality Division page on CAA 112(r)
    A page devoted to CAA 112(r) providing background, frequently asked questions and answers, and a discussion of how Title V sources must report that they are in compliance.
    Risk Assessment and Risk Management in Regulatory Decision-Making
    A document issued by the Presidential/ Congressional Commission on Risk Assessment in 1997 and available from the Commission's web site on Riskworld . Published in 2 long volumes, but you can view the table of contents for each volume in HTML and go to relevant sections from there. Available at no cost. For a hard copy, contact the Commission's office at (202) 233-9537.

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