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EPA to Add CERCLA Financial Responsibility Requirements for Chemical Industry, Others

Posted on 1/11/2017 by Roger Marks

In today’s Federal Register, US EPA announced it will move forward with a rulemaking to establish financial responsibility requirements for the chemical, petroleum, and electric power industries under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA).

Chemical hazard warningUnder CERLCA §108(b), EPA is authorized to create regulations that require certain industries or facilities to establish and maintain evidence that they can “cover” the costs of risk associated with their production, transportation, treatment, or storage of hazardous chemicals.

This is not a Final Rule, but a notice from EPA that the Agency plans to propose a rule.

EPA Proposes CERCLA §108(b) Requirements for Hardrock Mining Industry

In addition, EPA also posted a notice of proposed rulemaking this morning to establish these CERCLA financial responsibility requirements for the hardrock mining industry. Comments on EPA’s proposal to add the CERCLA §108(b) requirements for hardrock mining are due by March 13, 2017.

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