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SPCC Facts

The following is a summary of the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulation originally enacted on January 10, 1974 under the Clean Water Act, 40 CFR, Part 112, and last revised in May 2007.

Who must have a plan?

Any business that has bulk oil with an aggregate aboveground storage capacity of 1,320 gallons of oil or more per location. The key word is "capacity." Regulations apply regardless of whether the tank is full or nearly empty. This regulation does not apply to facilities with underground storage tanks subject to state UST regulations.

What is Considered "Oil"?

Any kind of oil in any form such as crude oil; refined petroleum products (gasoline & diesel fuel); sludge; waste oil; oil emulsions; lube oils; grease; fats, oils or greases from animal, fish, or marine mammal origin; vegetable oils, including oils from seeds, nuts, fruits, or kernels; and other oils and greases, including synthetic oils and mineral oils.

What is Considered "Bulk Storage"?

Any container with a capacity of 55 gallons or more.

When is the deadline?

Existing SPCC plans must be revised to meet the 2002 regulatory changes by November 10, 2010. Facilities placed in service between August 16, 2002 and November 10, 2010 must have plans developed and implemented by November 10, 2010. Facilities that meet the above criteria that were in service on or before August 16, 2002 and do not have SPCC plans are out of compliance.

What are the fines for non-compliance?

Fines can start at $1,000 for not having an SPCC plan in place. This does not include possible fines from 68 other categories. Fines are normally assessed in proportion to the size of the facility.

What is in the SPCC Plan?

The plan must include information on storage containers, maps and diagrams of the facility, secondary containment structures, flow patterns of site drainage, preventative measures, containment procedures, cleanup equipment and material, employee training, routine inspections and recordkeeping.

Will I have to have secondary containment for all my bulk oil?

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