The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published the Risk Management Program (RMP) reconsideration rule in the Federal Register, which modifies and removes multiple amendments made in 2017. The final rule maintains important protections and ensures that first responders have access to necessary safety information. The summary of changes are consistent with recommendations and comments submitted by AWWA in response to the proposed RMP amendments rule and subsequent proposed reconsideration rule. The final rule adjusts several compliance deadlines for coordination with local response organizations and conducting tabletop and field exercises. Under America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, all community water systems serving 3,300 or more persons are required to coordinate with local emergency planning committees when preparing or revising risk and resilience assessments and emergency response plans. Most of the rescinded measures from the 2017 amendments rule were associated with post-incident actions such as mandating third-party audits and root-cause analysis, in addition to requiring certain facilities to consider the concept of inherently safer technology and broad public disclosure of documents. The latter issue raised significant security concerns among states attorneys general that opposed the disclosure of security sensitive information. It is expected that the final reconsideration rule will face legal challenges. Meanwhile, utilities are reminded to be mindful of the review and update deadline associated with their existing RMPs to maintain compliance, since that remains unchanged. Questions can be directed to Kevin Morley , AWWA’s federal relations manager.