Nevada Chemical Accident Prevention Program (CAPP)

Nevada Chemical Accident Prevention Program (CAPP)

In the state of Nevada, the implementation of NRS 459.380 in 1991 led to the Nevada Chemical Accident Prevention Program (CAPP) by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP). The intent is to:

  1. Protect the health, safety and general welfare of the residents of Nevada from the effects of the improper handling of hazardous chemicals at the point where they are produced, used or stored in Nevada or where explosives are manufactured for sale;
  2. Ensure that employees of the State of Nevada who are required to work with hazardous chemicals or explosives are guaranteed a safe and healthful working environment;
  3. Protect Nevada’s natural resources by preventing and mitigating accidental or unexpected releases of hazardous chemicals into the environment; and
  4. Ensure the safe and adequate handling of hazardous chemicals produced, used, stored or handled; and explosives that are manufactured for sale in Nevada.

Although in many ways an extension of the Federal EPA’s Risk Management Plan (RMP) Program with some additional requirements (such as interaction with the local Administering Agency), the threshold quantities for the CAPP-regulated substances are lower. Therefore, facilities that are not required to comply with the Federal EPA’s RMP may still be required to comply with CAPP upon request by the local Administering Agency. The table below details common chemical thresholds to determine CAPP applicability. A complete listing of CAPP Chemical Thresholds can be found here.

Risk Management Professionals has helped many clients develop, update, audit and implementation of CAPP and has established fundamental working relationships with CAPP Regulators. This has provided us with valuable industry-specific insights into the regulator’s expectations for CAPP compliance. Furthermore, RMP has insights on how to coordinate and involve the regulators as required by regulations and best practices.

CAPP Chemical Thresholds
Common Regulated Substance Threshold Amount
Anhydrous Ammonia 5,000 pounds
Ammonia Solutions (conc. 20% to 44%) 20,000 pounds
Ammonia Solutions (conc. > 44%) 10,000 pounds
Chlorine 1,500 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide 1,000 pounds
Boron Trichloride 2,500 pounds
Nitric Acid (94.5% or greater by weight) 500 pounds