TFI Expresses Support for Proposed Risk Management Program Extension

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May 19, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) filed comments today expressing support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed extension to the effective date for its Risk Management Plan (RMP) program rule. If finalized, the new effective date of the RMP rule would be February of 2019. This extension, should it become final, will give the agency time to initiate a new administrative process to solicit comments on modifications to the new rule.

“We believe that the proposed RMP extension will allow EPA to consult with the regulated community, and remedy several serious outstanding issues with the rule,” said TFI President, Chris Jahn. “In particular, we call on EPA to reexamine several parts of the RMP proposal that will have unintended security and emergency response consequences.” 

TFI’s comments request that EPA review Local Emergency Planning Committees’ capacity to take on any additional workload imposed by the rule. Additionally, TFI asks EPA to review the new RMP obligations that would require companies to conduct a safer alternatives analysis using processes that are not workable in their current form.

“TFI and its members take employee and community safety and security with the utmost seriousness,” said Jahn. “Our proven track record includes support for ResponsibleAg, and our separate collaborative work with EPA on RMP compliance assistance tools for retail agribusinesses,” said Jahn.

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 The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is the leading voice of the nation’s fertilizer industry. Tracing its roots back to 1883, TFI’s membership includes fertilizer producers, wholesalers, retailers, and trading firms. TFI’s full-time staff, based in Washington, D.C., serves its members through legislative, educational, technical, economic information and public communication programs. Find more information about TFI online at TFI.org and follow us on Twitter at @Fertilizer_Inst. Learn more about TFI’s nutrient stewardship initiatives at nutrientstewardship.org and on Twitter at @4rnutrients