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SPCC Plans

Risk mitigation is of the utmost important to clients whose daily operations involve the transport or storage of bulk oil or fuel. Partner’s Health & Safety professional can assist with creating a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan to prevent the discharge of oil into adjacent water and/or shorelines.

Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan

The purpose of a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure plan (SPCC) is to prevent the discharge of oil into navigable waters and/or adjoining shorelines. The main purpose of an SPCC plan is preventative in nature. Partner provides Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure plans to 40 CFR 112 requirements. In accordance with 40 CFR 112’s requirements, Partner’s SPCC plans are signed by a licensed professional engineer.

What are the criteria for a facility to have a SPCC plan in place?

Any facility with bulk oil or fuel stored in above ground storage tanks and meeting the following criteria is required to have an SPCC plan:

  • Facility must be non-transportation-related;
  • Facility must have an aggregate aboveground storage capacity of greater than 1,320 gallons or a completely buried storage capacity of greater than 42,000 gallons;
  • Facility where there is a reasonable expectation of a discharge into or upon navigable waters of the United States or adjoining shorelines; and
  • Facility where a State or Local Regulatory Agency requires a Spill Prevention Plan in accordance with 40 CFR 112.

Who is Responsible for a SPCC plan?

A SPCC plan is the responsibility of the facility owner and/or operator. It can be prepared by the owner/operator, an engineer or a consultant, but in many cases, must be certified by a registered Professional Engineer (PE). Once certified and implemented, the SPCC plan requires training, inspections and testing, and certain tank or site improvements may be necessary to fully comply with the rule.

What types of facilities can be subject to being required to have a SPCC?

Facilities that may be required to have a SPCC in place include:

  • Commercial, Residential, and Industrial Properties
  • Governmental and Institutional Facilities
  • Bulk Storage Plants
  • Mining/Batch Plants
  • Marinas
  • Maintenance/ Equipment Yards
  • Cogeneration Plants
  • Trucking Facilities
  • Oil Production, Storage, and Refining Facilities
  • Dairies (excluding dairy products)
  • Agricultural Properties
  • Cold Storage Facilities
  • Processing Plants
  • Cattle Ranches

Additional information regarding Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plans can be found on the EPA’s website.