Firefighting

Electronic release of dangerous chemical site data challenged

Issue 3 and Volume 152.

Electronic release of dangerous chemical site data challenged Fire service organizations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) are concerned about national security and the safety of localities that may be threatened by the requirements of an amendment to the 1990 Clean Air Act. They have asked Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Carol Browner to share with them details concerning how the information in the risk management plans (RMPs) that must be submitted by June 1999 and must be made public will be released. The RMPs include information pertaining to the worst-case scenario involving the accidental re-lease of 140 hazardous substances at national facilities such as chemical storage sites, industrial facilities, public water treatment facilities, gas and electric utilities, and federal government military and energy installations. The Clean Air Act, amended to require that all RMP information be made public, does not specify how to…

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