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WASHINGTON (July 14, 2016) – The House adopted an amendment to H.R. 5538, the Department of Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017, on an overwhelming voice vote yesterday. The amendment, sponsored by Congressman Pompeo (R-Kan.-04), restricts the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) funding in an effort to compel the Agency to fix the problems with its proposed changes to the Risk Management Plan (RMP) program.

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s vote:


“We welcome the strong vote in the House that recognizes the urgent need for EPA to address the serious problems with its proposed changes to an important chemical safety regulation, the Risk Management Plan (RMP). The actions by Congressman Pompeo and his colleagues demonstrates the serious concern in Congress with EPA’s proposal and the importance of ensuring that changes to the RMP program will deliver concrete safety benefits. The Senate must now take action to prevent this misguided proposal from being finalized and implemented.

“ACC and its members are proud to be part of an industry that puts safety at the core of its operations and that has worked cooperatively with EPA to protect the safety of workers and communities. According to EPA’s data, this commitment to safety has led to a dramatic decrease in accidental releases—nearly a 60 percent reduction in the nearly 20 years RMP has been in place.

“While EPA has proposed some constructive modifications to the RMP program, many of the changes are highly problematic and will not decrease the likelihood of a safety incident. For instance, EPA has proposed changes that will create an unworkable auditing regime, an unnecessary mandate for safer alternatives analysis and a public information-sharing requirement that could compromise the safety and security of chemical facilities.

“We commend Congress for taking action on this critical issue, and we remain committed to working with EPA to implement sound regulatory policies that will help safeguard chemical facilities.”

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