Purpose

The purpose of the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule is to help facilities prevent a discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines. This rule is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s oil spill prevention program and was published under the authority of Section 311(j)(1)(C) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act) in 1974. The rule may be found at Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 112.

Who is covered by the SPCC rule?

A facility is covered by the SPCC rule if it has an aggregate aboveground oil storage capacity greater than 1,320 U.S. gallons or a completely buried storage capacity greater than 42,000 U.S. gallons and there is a reasonable expectation of an oil discharge into or upon navigable waters of the U.S. or adjoining shorelines.

Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Compliance Services

Oil of any type and in any form is covered, including, but not limited to: petroleum; fuel oil; sludge; oil refuse; oil mixed with wastes other than dredged spoil; fats, oils or greases of animal, fish, or marine mammal origin; vegetable oils, including oil from seeds, nuts, fruits, or kernels; and other oils and greases, including synthetic oils and mineral oils.

SPCC

Requirements

SPCC Plans

Every SPCC Plan must be prepared in accordance with good engineering practices. Every SPCC Plan must be certified by a Professional Engineer unless owner/operator is able, and chooses to, self-certify the Plan

Monthly / Yearly Inspections

The scope of STI SP001 Standard for the Inspection of Above ground Storage Tanks by the Steel Tank Institute (STI) includes the inspection and testing.

SPCC Trainings

This training is taken at least once per year. It consists of good management practices that prevent the risk of oil discharge into navigable waters

Maintenance of Spill Kits and Fire Extinguishers

A well stocked spill kit with an identified location and fire extinguishers are required to comply with SPCC regulations.

Reporting to Regulatory Agencies

Certain spills need to be reported immediately.