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SPCC Extension Proposed for some Facilities

[Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OPA-2009-0880]

The EPA has proposed to amend the dates in 40 CFR §112.3(a), (b) and (c) by which the owners/operators of facilities must prepare or amend their SPCC Plans, and implement those Plans, to November 10, 2011, which is one year from the current SPCC compliance date of November 10, 2010.

This proposed extension of the compliance date does not apply to drilling, production or workover facilities that are completely offshore or that have both onshore and offshore components (e.g., an oil production facility with offshore wellheads connected to an onshore tank battery by submerged flowlines).

This proposed extension of the compliance date also does not apply to onshore facilities required to have and submit Facility Response Plans (FRPs, also known as OPA-90 Plans). FRP facilities are those with storage capacities of 1 million gallons or more that meet certain criteria, or those with storage capacities at or above 42,000 gallons and that transfer oil to or from a vessel over water (40 CFR Part 112.20 and 112.21). It should also be noted the Agency has not changed any compliance dates with respect to the FRP regulations.

Comments on this proposed rule must be received by August 18, 2010. Please submit your comments on the proposed amendments at Follow the online instructions to comment on Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OPA-2009-0880.