Spill Plans (SPCC)

Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasure Plans (SPCC) are required by the U.S. EPA if a facility exceeds a threshold of 1,320 gallons of oil in aboveground containers and equipment. When calculating the maximum oil capacity, the maximum container shell capacity is used not the actual oil volume. Containers less than 55 gallons in capacity are excluded.

Oil is broadly defined in this federal regulation to include fuel oil, synthetic oil, gasoline, mineral spirits, used oils, cutting oils and lubricants that are derived from petroleum; and oils that are derived from animals, vegetables or fish.

Recent amendments now allow certain facilities to complete a simpler SPCC Plan Template in lieu of a written plan.

The compliance deadline was set for November 10, 2011, for both updating and implementing the Oil SPCC Plan to meet the 2002 revisions and subsequent amendments. Since then the EPA has revised a key guidance document, which clarifies new items that must be included.

Please call us today at (847) 228-5355, to schedule an assessment of your need for an Oil SPCC Plan. Or e-mail me at [email protected] Our staff includes experienced professional engineers that are qualified to prepare and certify your SPCC Plans.

For more information, the EPA web site for this is: http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/spcc/index.htm

Local wastewater agencies may also have their own requirement for a Spill Plan, or Slug Discharge Control Plan. The intent is to prevent any chemicals or wastes from spilling into the sewer system. We have experience preparing these Spill Plans for many industrial facilities.


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