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EPA Proposes Amendments to the SPCC Rule

On Dec. 12, 2005, EPA proposed two separate amendments to the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule in the Federal Register. The first (FR EPA-HQ-OPA-2005-0001) streamlines the regulatory requirements for qualified facilities and equipment regulated under 40 CFR part 112. The second (FR EPA-HQ-OPA-2005-0003) extends the SPCC compliance dates for all facilities.

EPA is requesting public comments on the proposed rules between now and Feb. 10, 2006, for the proposed streamlined provisions, and between now and Jan. 11, 2006, for the proposed compliance date extension. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OPA-2005-0001 or Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OPA-2005-0003, through the Federal Rulemaking Portal. To locate a docket, enter the Docket ID (EPA-HQ-OPA-2005-0001 or EPA-HQ-OPA-2005-0003) in the “Keyword” field and click “Submit.”

If you have questions about the proposed amendments please call the Superfund, TRI, EPCRA, RMP and Oil Information hotline at 1-800-424-9346. If the hotline is unable to answer your specific questions, your question will be forwarded to an EPA staff member for a response.