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Does Our Company Need A Spill Prevention, Control, And Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan?
The EPA established Oil Pollution Prevention regulation as part of the Clean Water Act. Designed to prevent oil discharges at non-transportation-related facilities, these regulations also aim to help prepare for and respond swiftly and efficiently if discharges to occur. Ultimately, aside from attempting to contain oil spills when they occur, the goal of these regulations is to prevent oil from reaching navigable waters and adjoining shorelines. To assist in this goal, the regulations require facilities who meet certain criteria to develop and implement a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan.
“If your facility has more than 1320 gallons of oil stored on-site in above-ground containers or 42,000 gallons in underground containers, you will likely need an SPCC plan,” said Lauren Taylor, senior Environmental Health & Safety consultant at PROtect.
It’s important to note, the amounts that require an SPCC plan are in the aggregate meaning the total amount of oil stored at your facility.
“It is important to note that these requirements don’t just apply to petroleum oils,” Taylor said. “It’s also fats, greases from fish, animal, marine mammals, as well as vegetable oils from seeds, nuts, and kernels.”
Once you assess the amount of oil stored in your facility, you must create an SPCC plan and have it certified by a professional engineer. You don’t have to submit the plan to the EPA. You maintain it on-site. However, you can expect random EPA inspections of your SPCC plan.
How PROtect Can Help
PROtect offers assistance in the creation and evaluation of your SPCC plan. In addition, we can provide a variety of project planning and development services to ensure your company maintains compliance with all governmental regulations. We provide:
- Air Dispersion Modeling
- Construction/Industrial Stormwater Pollution Prevention Planning
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Top Screen Analysis
- Endangered Species Research
- State Historical Society Research
- Environmental Assessments
- Environmental Management Systems and ISO14001 Assistance
- Facility Response Plan (FRP)
- Hazardous Waste Management Plan (RCRA)
- LDAR Sampling and Reporting
- Odor Action Plan
- Risk Management Plan (RMP)
- Site Security Plan (SSP)
- Tier II Initial Reporting
- RFS2 Engineering Review
Contact PROtect directly at (316) 927-4290 for a complimentary consultation.
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