Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans

The purpose for the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan is to identify and promote oil spill prevention and control procedures.  The SPCC program began in 1973 under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and is under the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The regulation 40 CFR Part 112 applies to facilities, equipment, or operations that:

  1. Due to their location could reasonably be expected to discharge oil into or upon the navigable waters of the United States or adjoining shorelines.
  2. Have underground oil storage capacity 42,000 gallons or greater.
  3. Have aboveground oil storage capacity greater than 1,320 gallons (including storage tanks and process equipment)

For regulated facilities that became operational prior to August 17, 2004, an SPCC plan must be prepared by that date and implemented no later than February 18, 2005.  For regulated facilities that become operational after August 17, 2004, but prior to February 18, 2005, an SPCC plan must be developed and implemented by February 18, 2005.  For regulated facilities that become operational after February 18, 2005, an SPCC plan must be developed and implemented before the facility begins operations. C&S will work with your organization to prepare a SPCC plan or plans and to establish procedures to ensure compliance with the SPCC requirements.

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