Spill Prevention, Controls, Countermeasures plan (SPCC)
The purpose of the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule is to help facilities prevent a discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines. This rule is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s oil spill prevention program and was published under the authority of Section 311(j)(1)(C) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act) in 1974. The rule may be found at Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 112
Who is covered by the SPCC Rule?
A facility is covered by the SPCC rule if it has an aggregate aboveground oil storage capacity greater than 1,320 U.S. gallons or a completely buried storage capacity greater than 42,000 U.S. gallons and there is a reasonable expectation of an oil discharge into or upon navigable waters of the U.S. or adjoining shorelines. Oil of any type and in any form is covered, including, but not limited to: petroleum, fuel oil, sludge, oil refuse, synthetic oils and mineral oils.
What kind of facilities are covered?
A facility that stores, processes, refines, uses or consumes oil and is non-transportation-related is potentially subject to the SPCC rule. These include, but not limited to onshore and offshore oil well drilling facilities and production facilities, oil refining and storage facilities, industrial, commercial, agricultural or public facilities using or storing oil, pipelines systems used to transport oil exclusively within the confines of the facility.
If you would like assistance in calculating your storage capacity, how to determine if your facility could reasonably discharge oil into or upon navigable waters or adjoining shorelines, or would like to know what affected facilities have to do, please contact our environmental services department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-717-0775.