California Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP) Programs

In the state of California, the passing of AB 1889 led to the California Accidental Release Prevention (CalARP) Program. The intent was to “provide a program for the prevention of accidental releases of regulated substances adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pursuant to the Clean Air Act”. This regulation requires facilities that handle regulated substances in quantities that exceed the listed threshold quantity to prepare and submit a CalARP Program. Please see our Commonly Regulated Chemicals’ Threshold Quantities Table for additional information.

Although in many ways an extension of the Federal EPA’s Risk Management Plan (RMP) Program with some additional requirements (such as seismic analysis and interaction with the local Administering Agency), the threshold quantities for the CalARP regulated substances are lower. Additionally, CalARP covers more chemicals than the Federal EPA’s RMP regulation. Therefore facilities that are not required to comply with the Federal EPA’s RMP may still be required to develop a CalARP Program upon request of the local Administering Agency. The Commonly Regulated Chemicals’ Threshold Quantities Table details common chemical thresholds to determine CalARP Program applicability.

Depending on the complexity of the process, impact to the community and history of accidental releases, the CalARP Program defines three different program levels, ranging from 1 to 3 and varying in program elements that a facility may have to implement. Risk Management Professionals has been on the cutting edge of developing CalARP Programs at all levels and has established fundamental working relationships with numerous Administering Agencies (CUPA).

Risk Management Professionals has been developing, updating, auditing and assisting with onsite implementation of the CalARP Program since its inception in 1999. This has provided us with valuable insights into the expectations that the various CUPAs throughout the state have for each industry-specific CalARP Program. Furthermore, we have insights on how to coordinate and involve the CUPA as required by regulations and best practices.

Some of Risk Management Professionals clients include Water/Wastewater Treatment Plants, Plating, Fertilizer Companies, Etching, Ammonia Refrigeration, Power Generation, and Petrochemical.