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Changes to EPA RMP (40CFR68)

As a result of perceived poor industry process safety performance over the past decade, and due to recent notable accidents (West, TX and Richmond, CA), the White House issued Executive Order 13650 - Improving Chemical Facility Safety and Security on August 1, 2013. The EO set up an OSHA/EPA/DHS Working Group to develop action plans over the next six months to find ways to:


The RFI regarding modernizing EPA’s RMP Regulation was published this summer, with comments due by October 29, 2014. This RFI is requesting input from all stakeholders on ideas to improve the RMP standard including the following areas:


What Could Executive Order 13650 Mean to Industry?

These potential changes could significantly increase the regulatory compliance burden/risk for many chemical, petrochemical, oil and gas, and related industries/facilities for:


Following the RFI comment deadline, EPA is likely to take several months to analyze the inputs they get before issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to propose an "improved" RMP standard, which could come by summer 2015.


Be Involved and Prepare


How ABS Consulting Can Help

ABS Consulting was involved with several industry groups during the original PSM and RMP rulemakings and has written many industry PSM/RMP compliance and process safety effective practices guidelines.  ABS Consulting has been integral in assisting industry and other stakeholders to understand and determine cost-effective compliance solutions, including leading national PSM/RMP rollout workshops and RMP public communication efforts.

ABS Consulting has prepared briefing presentations on the EO and the EPA RMP RFI to address:



For more information...

For more information on the EO or the OSHA PSM RFI, or if you would be interested in having ABS Consulting present a briefing to your organization, either face-to-face or via webinar, please contact Steve Arendt, Vice President, North America Process Industries, at (281) 673-2914 or sarendt@absconsulting.com.

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