Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) introduced H.J.Res. 59, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) joint resolution that blocks the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act Rule (RMP rule).
The Congressional Review Act, passed in 1996, allows Congress to vote to overturn any regulation during a period of 60 days after the regulation was created. Regulations created at the end of the Obama Administration are subject to be overturned, so long as it is within the 60-day “in-session” period of Congress.
“Predictably, the Obama Administration continued to issue harmful and overreaching regulations until the bitter end,” Mullin said. “The EPA’s RMP rule is no exception. It trades safety for paperwork and delivers far more burden than benefit for businesses that have to abide by it. The RMP rule wraps our businesses up in more bureaucratic red tape and makes it more difficult for them to keep their doors open, risking not only safety but also valuable jobs. This joint resolution provides much needed relief.”
The Risk Management Program (RMP) is intended to reduce the risk of accidental releases impacting areas surrounding facilities. However, the EPA exceeded its jurisdictional limits by encroaching on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulated areas and finalizing a rule that not only fails to enhance safety, but may in fact compromise national security.
“A regulation that was intended to make our nation’s businesses safer will do just the opposite,” Mullin added. “The EPA overstepped OSHA with this rule and makes our operating facilities even less safe than they were before. Sensitive information will be more easily accessible, setting a precedent that even Department of Homeland Affairs (DHS) staff have expressed concerns over. With that information in the wrong hands, our nation’s security will absolutely be compromised.”
“I urge my colleagues to support H.J.Res. 59 to reduce a drastic burden on our businesses and keep our national security strong,” Mullin concluded.
The CRA on EPA’s RMP rule has been endorsed by the Agricultural Retailers Association, American Chemistry Council, American Coatings Association, American Forest & Paper Association, American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, American Petroleum Institute, Corn Refiners Association, Environmental Technology Council, The Fertilizer Institute, Global Cold Chain Alliance, International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses, International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration, International Liquid Terminals Association, Institute of Makers of Explosives, International Warehouse Logistics Association, Louisiana Chemical Association, National Association of Chemical Distributors, National Association of Manufacturers, Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and The Vinyl Institute.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act Rule (RMP rule) goes into effect on March 14, 2017.