EPA chemical risk management program in flux after delay rule vacated

A federal appellate court’s rejection of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to delay its Risk Management Program amendments for chemical disasters is raising compliance questions for regulated entities since the agency is promulgating a separate rule to rescind the amendments’ most controversial elements.

The EPA under the Trump administration delayed the regulation, also known as the Chemical Disaster Rule, three times, including promulgating a rule in June 2017 to delay its effective date for 20 months. But in July 2017, a group of 11 state attorneys general sued the EPA for delaying the regulation, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in their favor…

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