About SPCC Plans
Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan
Need Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC) assistance? We offer compliance consulting and help petroleum marketers with 40 CFR 112 SPCC Plans.
Since 1973 the federal Environmental Protection Agency (hereinafter EPA) have used the SPCC plans as a cornerstone of its strategy to prevent oil spills from reaching our nation's waters. Owners and operators of Aboveground Storage Tanks (AST)s) which store more than 1,320 gallons of oil must have and implement an SPCC Plan. Unlike oil spill contingency plans that address cleanup measures after a spill, SPCC Plans are preventive measures to assure that a spill from an Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) is contained and countermeasures are established to prevent oil spills that could reach navigable waters. A spill contingency plan is required as part of the SPCC Plan if a facility is unable to provide secondary containment (e.g. berms surround the oil storage tank).
An SPCC Plan is unique to each facility, describing the particular configuration of the site 's Aboveground Storage Tanks (ASTs) and even the site's Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) for sites exceeding 42,000 gallon capacity. However, common to all SPCC Plans is a listing of whether or not a site complies with the set of general requirements under 40 CFR 112. The EPA periodically performs on-site inspections to assure compliance with the SPCC Plan regulations. Facilities are now required to submit information if in a 12 month period the site has had two or more releases of over 42 gallons or a single release of more than 1,000 gallons. The EPA will levy a fine for each item found to be in non-compliance. There is even a fine for failing to list within your SPCC Plan the areas of non-compliance at the site.
You must keep a copy of your SPCC Plan at your facility, if you operate the Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) facility more than four hours a day. If you operate the Above ground Storage Tank (AST) site less than four hours a day you may keep your SPCC Plan at the nearest field office. The EPA requires that a SPCC Plan be available to the EPA for on-site review and inspection during normal working hours.
We have compiled numerous resources for your use available through our web site. Regulations, checklists, brochures, links to other materials and PowerPoint presentations will guide you through the EPA SPCC Plan requirements.
Contact us to prepare your SPCC Plan or to ask questions at:
Patrick J. Vuchetich
Williams & Company Consulting, Inc.
9237 Ward Parkway, Suite 220
Kansas City , Missouri 64114