Farmer Environmental Group staffs a team of Professional Engineers and environmental specialists with extensive experience in preparing, certifying, and assisting with the implementation of Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans for a wide range of facilities.
Rules and Regulations
SPCC Plans are part of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) strategy to prevent oil spills from reaching navigable waters of the United States. In 1973, the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation was codified (40 CFR Part 112) to address certain oil spill prevention provisions contained in the Clean Water Act of 1972. SPCC Plans must comply with the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation which sets forth requirements for the prevention of, the preparedness for, and responses to oil discharges at non-transportation related facilities. These regulations are commonly referred to as the SPCC Rule.
The SPCC Rule requires specific facilities to prepare, amend, and implement SPCC Plans. The preparation of SPCC Plans is the responsibility of the facility owner or operator, but must be certified by a Professional Engineer unless the facility meets certain criteria. Owners and operators of facilities which store greater than 1,320 gallons of oil-based products in aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) or 42,000 gallons within underground storage tanks (USTs) must prepare, certify, and implement a SPCC Plan. Unlike oil spill contingency plans, which focus on cleanup methods after a spill has occurred, SPCC Plans are preventive measures to assure that a spill is contained and countermeasures are established to prevent oil spills. Spill contingency plans are required as part of the SPCC Plan if a facility is unable to provide adequate secondary containment measures.
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SPCC Plans are required to address a specific facility’s design, operation, and maintenance procedures established to prevent oil spills from occurring and detail countermeasures to control, contain, clean up, and mitigate the effects of an oil spill.
Since inception, the SPCC Rule has been revised and amended several times. Changes to the SPCC Rule have created confusion among facility owners and operators resulting in the uncertainty of a facility’s compliance status. Farmer Environmental Group personnel are experienced with the current SPCC Rule and constantly monitor regulatory actions which may alter SPCC requirements in order to ensure our clients compliance with applicable regulations.