As the EPA describes it, the purpose of a SPCC Plan is to help oil storage facilities prevent a discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines. We often have clients that struggle to understand “WHY?” they need an SPCC Plan, besides the fact that it is a regulatory requirement being imposed on certain businesses (see SPCC Applicability). Many facility owners see it as just another costly regulatory hoop they must jump through.
As environmental consultants we have “seen it all” and know what can go wrong when you least expect it. It is our job to educate facility owners on the importance of a SPCC Plan. A SPCC Plan is much more than just a “tree hugging/right thing to do for the environment” gesture. It is a small investment that will protect your assets from what could otherwise result in a disastrous event to the detriment of your business, your employees and your community.
Facilities that follow well-prepared SPCC Plans can expect to minimize, if not avoid, oil/gas spills that could result in penalties, fines, and costly remediation activities such as these: