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Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed the Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention (SCCAP) rule, which makes long-awaited revisions to the Risk Management Program (RMP). The rule is intended to prevent chemical disasters and is a critical safeguard for more than 177 million Americans who live near more than 12,000 high-risk facilities that use or store highly hazardous chemicals.
In response to this proposed rule, Coming Clean released the following statement:
The Coming Clean network looks forward to carefully reviewing the new draft Risk Management Plan Rule, in strategic partnership with the Environmental Justice Health Alliance for Chemical Policy Reform. Our members, which include health and policy experts, environmental health and justice organizations and frontline community members, have been vocal about the urgent need to update this rule with the aim of preventing chemical disasters. Chemical releases, fires, and explosions occur with disturbing regularity in the US. On average, approximately 150 harmful incidents occur every year at RMP facilities, frequently causing schools to shelter in place, residents to evacuate, and harmful air pollution to spike. Communities of color and low-income communities disproportionately bear the impact of these disasters.
Strengthening the RMP rule is a longstanding priority for Coming Clean. In public comments submitted to the EPA last year, we called for a preventative, protective rule that prioritizes the health and safety of fenceline communities. As we evaluate the draft rule, we hope to see progress in the following key areas:
Coming Clean is a collaborative network of frontline community activists, environmental health and justice organizations, and policy, science and market experts, committed to transforming the chemical industry so that it is no longer a source of harm. For twenty years, we have fought to end legacy pollution in communities of color, ban toxic pesticides that harm farmworkers and their families, regulate hazardous facilities, and end the sale of unsafe products in dollar stores and other retailers across the country.