RMP Resources

Over the years we have collected a good deal of information and reports about the Risk Management Plans, Offsite Consequence Analysis ("worst case scenarios") and the controversy over them - note that the "worst case scenarios" are still not readily available to the public and are not included in our database.

In a nutshell, the argument has been that this information should not be publicly available because it will aid terrorists in their attempts to locate targets. We believe, as do many others, that it makes no difference if a chemical disaster occurs because of a terrorist act or a facility's accidental malfunction - the end result is the same - it is the onsite chemicals that is the threat not the information about them. There is evidence that the publication of the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) has resulted in the reduction of toxic chemical releases.

If the public knows about the chemicals that are stored on site, it can take an active part in helping to reduce the risk. It is reasonable to assume that publication of the RMPs will have the same effect as the publication of the TRI data. There is much more to this story and related (and shelved) progams like EPA's Cumulative Exposure Project (CEP). Below is our archive or news and reports about Risk Management Plans and our Right-To-Know.

America's Publicly Available Geospatial Information: Does It Pose a Homeland Security Risk?

Despite Terrorism Threat, Chemical Industry Succeeds In Blocking Federal Security Regulations

Assessing the Homeland Security Implications of Publicly Available Geospatial Information

Bush's War on Freedom - Study: Many Federal Sites Not Terror Risks

Environmental Patriot Act? Terrorism, Patriotism, and Environmental Law

U.S. Backs Out of Pollution Register Treaty Group

Anderson Bill to Censor Google Earth

Stronger rules urged for chemical plants

Bush gives in to chemical companies, leaving the nation vulnerable

U.S. Plants: Open To Terrorists

Bush Administration, Department of Justice Fail to Secure Chemical Facilities

GAO: Voluntary Initiatives Are Under Way at Chemical Facilities but the Extent of Security Preparedness Is Unknown

Railcar Hazmats Storage: Reducing Risks in a Time of Terrorism

Protecting Children in the New Time of Terrorism: What Schools Should Do

Lax security exposes lethal chemical supplies

Toxins often vulnerable during transit

EPA Will Not Distribute "Worst Case Scenario" Chemical Accident Data Over the Internet

Congress may Eliminate the Chemical Safety Board

Chemical Plants Are Feared as Targets: Concerns grow that terrorists might hit toxic inventories

Toxic Chemicals' Security Worries Officials

The Ruse of Terrorism and our Right-To-Know, Part I

Right-To-Know Nothing: Working Group on Community Right-to-Know

Fear and Loathing about the Public Right to Know: The Surprising Success of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act

Battle over Worst-Case EPA Data Online

A First Look At The 600K Report: Commercial Chemical Incidents In The United States, 1987 - 1996

Download Chemical Safety Board's withdrawn report - 600K Report: Commercial Chemical Incidents In The United States, 1987 - 1996 (PDF)

Download: Accident Epidemiology and the U.S. Chemical Industry: Preliminary Results from RMP*Info** (PDF)

Archive: Post 9/11 Age of Missing Information

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