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Revised EPA SPCC and OPA-90 Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency is amending the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation promulgated under the authority of the Clean Water Act.  This rule includes requirements for Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans, and for Facility Response Plans (FRPs).  The final rule includes new subparts outlining the requirements for various classes of oil; revises the applicability of the regulation; amends the requirements for completing SPCC Plans; and makes other modifications.  The final rule also contains a number of provisions designed to decrease regulatory burden on facility owners or operators subject to the rule, while preserving environmental protection.  The EPA expects that this rule will reduce the paperwork burden associated with SPCC requirements by approximately 40%, while making the regulation easier to understand and use.

This rule is effective August 16, 2002.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hugo Paul Fleischman, Oil Program Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at 703-603-8769 (; or the RCRA/Superfund Hotline at 800-424-9346 (in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, 703-412-9810) (  The Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) Hotline number is 800-553-7672 (in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, 703-412-3323).  You may wish to visit the Oil Program’s Internet site at

Editor’s note: This rule revision takes up 111 pages of the Federal Register, which translates to over 300 normal typewritten pages.  We have prepared a formatted version of this rule, 40 CFR Part 112, at the RCP’s website.  Since this is a significant rulemaking that will affect thousands of facilities (including many pipeline and marine facility operators), we are conducting workshops on this regulation as described elsewhere in this newsletter.