EPA Announcement Provides Reminder of Chemical Accident Prevention Requirements

On November 18, 2019, EPA issued a news release “EPA Announces Settlements to Address Alleged Violations of Chemical Accident Prevention Requirements by Two Companies in Iowa and Nebraska.”  The two settlements were part of EPA’s National Compliance Initiative to reduce accidental releases at industrial and chemical facilities. 

RMP Maintenance and RAGAGEP
EPA alleged the Iowa company failed to:

Among the RAGAGEP deficiencies were an inoperable emergency shutoff cable, inadequate signage, inadequate corrosion protection, and an illegible vessel data plate.

EPA alleged the Nebraska company failed to:

Accident Prevention Is an EPA Priority
The announcement of this enforcement is a reminder that accident prevention requirements, based on Clean Air Act provisions such as the general duty clause (Section 112(r)(1)), are a priority to EPA.  Fines and other enforcement consequences can result from failing to have and follow an RMP or failing to continuously evaluate accident prevention strategies to ensure ongoing compliance with RAGAGEP.

To see EPA’s news release https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-announces-settlements-address-alleged-violations-chemical-accident-prevention

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