Recent U. S. EPA and U. S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations affect many wastewater and water treatment plants that store hazardous chemicals such as chlorine, sulfur dioxide, ammonia, and digester gas. The purpose of these regulations
is to reduce the number and severity of accidental releases of toxic and flammable substances. The U.S EPA regulations required that Risk Management Plans (RMPs) be submitted June 21, 1999. Now that the RMP submission date has passed, plants are responsible for maintaining compliance with
the regulations. This paper provides ideas and recommendations for ensuring continued compliance. In addition, it addresses ways to decrease or eliminate an accidental release and mitigate the impacts of a potential release on the public and employees.
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