RMPs Are on the Way! How LEPCs and Other Local Agencies Can Include Information from Risk Management Plans in Their Ongoing Work [open pdf - 409KB]
"the purpose of this booklet is to describe how LEPCs and similar local agencies can take advantage of the risk management program to build on their existing planning and right-to-know activities under EPCRA. […] The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) calls for the establishment of local emergency planning committees (LEPCs). LEPCs are to have broad-based membership whose primary work is to receive information from local facilities about chemicals in the community, use that information to develop a comprehensive emergency plan for the community, and respond to public inquiries about local chemical hazards and releases. There are now more than 3,500 LEPCs, and they reflect the diversity of our country. Most LEPCs are organized to serve a county; some are for a single large city; others cover the better part of an entire state. We are publishing this booklet in anticipation of the impact a new regulation will have on LEPCs. The regulation implementing section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act requires facilities to develop a risk management program to prevent and mitigate the effects of chemical accidents, and to document the program in a Risk Management Plan (RMP). These RMPs will be available to state and local agencies and to the public. Therefore, LEPCs will have access to more detailed information about chemical hazards in their communities. LEPCs can use this information to improve emergency response plans, inform the public about chemical accident hazards and risks, and work with industry and the public to reduce risks and improve chemical safety."
United States Environmental Protection Agency: http://www.epa.gov/