Chemical Safety Information, Site Security and Fuels Regulatory Relief Act Overview
The Chemical Safety Information, Site Security and Fuels Regulatory Relief Act establishes amended provisions for reporting and disseminating information under Section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act. The law has two distinct parts that pertain to:
- Flammable fuels; and
- Public access to Off-Site Consequence Analysis (OCA) data.
Flammable fuels used as fuel or held for sale as fuel at a retail facility are removed from coverage by the Risk Management Program (RMP). However, flammable fuels used as a feedstock or held for sale as fuel at a wholesale facility are still covered. A retail facility is a facility “at which more than one-half of the income is obtained from direct sales to end users or at which more than one-half of the fuel sold, by volume, is sold through a cylinder exchange program.”
The law exempts OCA data from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and limits its public availability for at least one year. By August 5, 2000, the federal government is to (1) assess the risks of Internet posting of OCA data and the benefits of public access to that data, and (2) based on that assessment, publish regulations governing public access to OCA data (see 65 FR 48107 (PDF)). In the meantime, EPA is to make publicly available the OCA data without facility identification information, and covered facilities must conduct public meetings to provide summaries of their OCA data. If the government fails to issue regulations by August 5, 2000, the FOIA exemption expires.
§1 Short Title
§2 Removal of Propane Sold by Retailers and Other Flammable Fuels from Risk Management List
§3 Public Access to Off-Site Consequence Analysis Information
§4 Public Meeting Moratorium Period