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Remote coordination with local authorities

The Risk Management Program regulations require owners and operators of stationary sources to coordinate their response needs annually, or more frequently if necessary, with local emergency planning and response organizations (40 CFR §68.93(a)). If a stationary source is in a remote location and in-person annual coordination is deemed impractical, can owners and operators conduct coordination activities with local authorities remotely?

Yes. Where necessary, owners and operators and local authorities may conduct coordination activities remotely using methods such as conference calls, webinars, and email (82 FR 4594, 4656; January 13, 2017).