From: The Honorable Markwayne Mullin
Support a Viable Regulatory Framework for Accidental Release Management
**THIS IS A LANGUAGE REQUEST**
Members are required to submit the request online.
Deadline to sign on is noon on Wednesday, March 29.
The Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama Administration issued the Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act, commonly known as the “RMP Rule.” Issued on January 13, 2017, this new mandate
is the very definition of a midnight regulation. While the RMP program is intended to reduce the risk of accidental releases impacting surrounding facilities, this rule fails to enhance safety and may compromise national security.
This rule increases the operating costs of businesses with no corresponding increase in safety. Ignoring industry comments and safety experts to develop a rule that trades safety for paperwork is no way to do business. In fact, this rule actually INCREASES security
concerns by making it easier for terrorists or other bad actors to gain access to sensitive information that could be exploited. Even officials in the Obama Administration’s Department of Homeland Security raised these concerns, citing the dangerous precedent
this public oversharing would set.
More than 40 different organizations have requested Congress block this misguided rule including: the Agricultural Retailers Association; the American Chemistry Council; the American Coatings Association; the American Forest & Paper Association; the American
Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers; the American Indian Infrastructure Association; Americans for Limited Government; the American Petroleum Institute; the Arizona Mining Association; the Corn Refiners Association; the Environmental Technology Council; the
the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses; the International Liquid Terminals Association; the Institute of Makers of Explosives; the International Warehouse Logistics Association; the Louisiana Chemical Association; the National Association
of Chemical Distributors; the National Association of Manufacturers; the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; the US Oil & Gas Association; countless others throughout the country.
H.J. Res. 59, which aims to block this rule utilizing the Congressional Review Act, has more than 60 cosponsors. This language request is identical to Section 480 of the engrossed version of H.R. 5538 that passed the House last Congress. We must retain this
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