Risk Management and Chemical Accident Prevention
Under the authority of section 112(r) of the Clean Air Act, the Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions require facilities that produce, handle, process, distribute, or store certain chemicals to develop a Risk Management Program, prepare a Risk Management Plan (RMP), and submit the RMP to EPA. Covered facilities were initially required to comply with the rule in 1999, and the rule has been amended on several occasions since then, most recently in 2004.
On March 13, 2009, EPA provided new software called RMP*eSubmit for facilities to use for online RMP reporting. EPA asks that all facilities use this new method to submit RMPs to improve data quality and to enable you to access your RMP 24 hours day, 7 days a week.
- How do I set up an RMP*eSubmit account?
- Note for New Jersey Facilities
- Users' Manual for RMP*eSubmit (118 pp, 3.7MB, About PDF) and Appendices (PDF) (44 pp, 403K, About PDF)
- A Checklist for Submitting your Risk Management Plan (PDF) (7 pp, 132K, About PDF)
- Access RMP*eSubmit (Note: You must already have an RMP*eSubmit account to use this link)
- Can I still use RMP*Submit 2004?
- What if I am claiming Confidential Business Information (CBI): Can I use RMP*eSubmit?
- How do I Resubmit, Correct, De-register, or Withdrawal an existing RMP?
- For More Information
How do I set up an RMP*eSubmit account?
You will need a JavaRuntime environment to use the RMP*eSubmit system. To learn more about JavaRuntime, see
Java Downloads page
- Important Definitions
- Before you begin
- Step 1: Register the Certifying Official in CDX
- Step 2: Complete the Electronic Signature Agreement and mail it to EPA
- Step 3: Register the "Preparer" and activate RMP*eSubmit access in CDX
Central Data Exchange (CDX) is a secure, on-line location on EPA's network. CDX provides standardized and secure information collection services and infrastructure for EPA program partners. For example, CDX manages several EPA regulatory and monitoring programs, receiving submissions from facilities. Once you set up your RMP*eSubmit account, you will immediately be able to access your RMP through CDX.
Certifiers/Certifying Officials are facility owners or operators who must certify the accuracy and completeness of the information reported in the RMP. They have signed and submitted a one-time Electronic Signature Agreement (ESA) to the EPA. The ESA legally binds the Certifier's electronic submission to their signature. Only Certifiers can submit the RMP.
Preparers have been granted permission by a facility to access the facility's existing RMP. They prepare data for a new or updated RMP. CDX notifies the Certifier when the new or corrected RMP is ready for the Certifier's review and submission. Preparers cannot submit the RMP. Currently a facility can have only one designated Preparer, however an individual Preparer can prepare RMPs for multiple facilities.
- Your facility name, location, mailing address, and basic contact information (including e-mail address).
- Your facility identifier (facility ID#) which can be found in the letter that EPA sent to you acknowledging receipt of your most current RMP.
- NOTE: If this is the first time an RMP is being submitted for your facility you do not need a facility ID#.
- To use RMP*eSubmit, the Certifying Official must have a CDX account.
- To register with CDX, please go to the EPA CDX page (http://cdx.epa.gov), and complete the registration process for a Risk Management Plan "certifying official." (See Users' Manual for RMP*eSubmit (121 pp, 2.7MB, About PDF) for detailed instructions).
The electronic signature is used to verify that the Certifying Official reviewed and submitted the RMP in the RMP*eSubmit system.
- You will complete the ESA at the time you initially register in CDX, or, if you already had a CDX account, at the time you add RMP*eSubmit access to your CDX account profile.
- CDX will guide you through the process of completing and submitting your ESA. You will need your Facility ID#, unless this is the first time an RMP is being submitted for your facility. If this is a first-time submission, CDX will prompt you to type in the name and address of the facility in place of the facility ID#. You will receive a facility ID# via e-mail after you have signed and submitted your ESA.
- Sign the ESA and mail it to EPA's RMP Reporting Center. The RMP Reporting Center will review and process the ESA, and send an e-mail to the Certifying Official indicating that the electronic signature has been received and approved.
- NOTE: The e-mail will also include a unique Authorization Code. This Authorization Code will be used by an RMP "preparer" that you assign to enter data in RMP*eSubmit for your facility.
- If the Certifying Official is also the Preparer: log into CDX, add "Preparer" to your profile, and enter your Unique Authorization Code.
- If the Certifying Official designates someone else as the Preparer, please provide that designee with the Authorization Code for your facility. Preparers will be required to provide this information when registering and activating their RMP*eSubmit access in CDX.
Note for New Jersey Facilities
NJ*RMP is additional software you will need for submitting your NJ RMP to New Jersey. For details, please see the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection page.
Can I still use RMP*Submit 2004?
RMP*Submit 2004 (not to be confused with the online process, RMP*eSubmit), was phased out in 2009; it is no longer available for download from this website. We encourage you to use RMP*eSubmit because it is easier to use, will improve data quality and will enable you to access your RMP 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What if I am claiming Confidential Business Information (CBI): Can I use RMP*eSubmit?
Facilities claiming CBI can use RMP*eSubmit. If you choose to claim CBI, the following information is required as part of your RMP submission:
- A paper copy of the Substantiation Form (*Appendix C) indicating why the data element is considered CBI; and
- A paper copy of the Unsanitized Data Element Form (*Appendix D).
*See the RMP*eSubmit Users’ Manual for Appendices.
How do I Resubmit, Correct, De-register or Withdrawal an existing RMP?
You may resubmit, correct, or withdraw an RMP using RMP*eSubmit.
- Submitting a Risk Management Plan with RMP*eSubmit
- Re-submitting, Correcting, De-registering or Withdrawing an RMP
For More Information
- Superfund, TRI, EPCRA, RMP & Oil Information Center - The Information Center can also answer questions related to Clean Air Act section 112(r) and RMP reporting requirements.
- RMP Reporting Center - The Reporting Center can answer questions about software or installation problems.