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?
Bush's War on Freedom - Study: Many Federal Sites Not Terror Risks
Environmental Patriot Act? Terrorism, Patriotism, and Environmental Law
Protecting Children in the New Time of Terrorism: What Schools Should Do
Chemical Plants Are Feared as Targets: Concerns grow that terrorists might hit toxic inventories
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
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Download Chemical Safety Board's withdrawn report - 600K Report: Commercial Chemical Incidents In The United States, 1987 - 1996 (PDF)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