Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans for a petroleum bulk storage facility

OTO’s staff of Professional Engineers has many years of combined experience in preparing and certifying SPCC Plans.

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Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans are part of the Environmental Protection  Agency’s strategy to prevent oil spills from reaching navigable waters of the United States, and must comply with the EPA’s Oil Pollution Prevention regulation 40 CFR 112. The Oil Pollution Prevention Regulation was promulgated under the Clean Water Act, and sets forth requirements for the prevention of, the preparedness for, and responses to oil discharges at non-transportation related facilities. These regulations are also known as the SPCC Rule, 40 CFR 112.

In general, a facility is subject to the SPCC Rule if it meets the following three criteria:

  • it is a non-transportation related facility;
  • it has an aggregate aboveground oil storage capacity greater than 1,320 gallons or a completely
    buried oil storage capacity greater than 42,000 gallons (not subject to 40 CFR 280/281); and
  • if there is a reasonable expectation that an oil discharge at the facility would reach the navigable waters of the United States, including wetlands, streams, rivers, and tributaries.

The preparation of SPCC Plans is the responsibility of the facility owner or operator, but must be certified by a Professional Engineer unless the facility meets certain qualifying criteria. Since inception in 1973, the SPCC Rule has been revised and amended several times, and the EPA has extended the compliance dates on several occasions for facilities to prepare, update, and implement an SPCC Plan that meets the revised requirements. These changes have been a moving target, and have created confusion among facility owners and operators.

OTO’s staff of Professional Engineers has many years of combined experience in preparing and certifying SPCC Plans. We have prepared plans for bulk storage facilities, airport fueling companies, educational institutions, municipalities, and for various industrial and manufacturing complexes through the country. Our engineers have diverse industrial, civil, and environmental engineering backgrounds, which helps us to thoroughly understand each facility.

Our SPCC Plans meet the requirements of the SPCC Rule 40 CFR 112, and are often used by facility owners and operators as a reference for oil storage information, facility inspections, and as a guide to communicate practices on preventing and responding to oil discharges. Please give us a call and we will help you prepare or update your SPCC Plan.