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EPA Issues Final and Proposed Amendments to the SPCC Requirements

The EPA signed a final rule to amend the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule at 40 CFR part 112. EPA amended the SPCC rule to address a number of issues raised by its 2002 final rule. The final rule is effective February 24, 2007 (60 days following publish date in Federal Register, 12/26/06). Some provisions of the final rule include:

  • providing owners and operators of facilities that store 10,000 gallons or less of oil and meet other qualifying criteria the option to self-certify their SPCC Plans in lieu of review and certification by a professional engineer
  • providing an alternative to the general secondary containment requirement without requiring a determination of impracticability for facilities that have particular types of oil-filled equipment
  • defining and exempting particular vehicle fuel tanks and other on-board bulk oil storage containers used for motive power
  • exempting mobile refuelers from the sized secondary containment requirements for bulk storage containers

Although the current compliance date for amending and implementing the changes to SPCC Plans remains October 31, 2007, EPA has proposed to extend the deadline to July 1, 2009. Click here for a copy of the final rule published in the Federal Register.