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Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act - Accidental Release Prevention Program

On June 20, 1996, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Risk Management Program Rule under Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990. This rule is aimed at preventing accidental releases and reducing the severity of those releases that do occur. This Rule has been amended and updated on several occasions.

The Risk Management Program has four major components:

Risk Management Plan

The Risk Management Plan (RMP) is a summary of the Risk Management Program. June 21, 1999, is the compliance date for existing facilities to submit an RMP to the EPA. New or modified facilities must submit an RMP to the EPA prior to the storing of a regulated substance on site above the threshold quantity. The RMP contains a list of data elements that cover all aspects of the Risk Management Program and an Executive Summary. The RMP format is straightforward and easy to follow. The RMP form consists mainly of "fill-in-the-blank" and "check-box" type questions.

The RMP must now be submitted electronically. Facilities that do not have access to computers are encouraged to find access to a computer through organizations such as: South Carolina Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, trade associations, local industry, copy stores that offer computer rentals, local community colleges, state and local governmental offices, Local Emergency Planning Committee offices, and local public libraries. Facilities without reasonable access to a computer or that cannot afford to submit their RMP's electronically may contact EPA.

Preparing and Submitting Your Risk Management Plan (Under Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act) - Using RMP*eSubmit™

Risk Management Program - Related Links and Information

For more facility specific information see the Risk Management Programs Basic Awareness Brochures for Specific Sectors at EPA's Industry Guidance Website.

DHEC Accidental Release Prevention Contacts:

For more information please contact us at (803) 898-4123 or by email.