Is Your Facility in SPCC Compliance with the Federal Oil Spill Regulation?

February 26, 2009

Industrial, commercial, agricultural, or public facilities that use, store, drill for, produce, gather, process, refine, or consume oil or oil products may need to be in compliance with a federal oil spill regulation.

They may also need to prepare a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan. Substantial fines could be incurred from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for non-compliance.

If a facility has above-ground oil storage capacity (not actual storage) equal to or greater than 1,320 gallons, or underground storage capacity equal to or greater than 42,000 gallons, the facility may be subject to the EPA’s SPCC regulation. Oils that are subject to the regulation include, but are not limited to, petroleum and fuel oils such as gasoline, diesel fuel, kerosene, and lube oils; synthetic oils; animal fats, oils, and greases; vegetable oils; and mineral oils.

The EPA is in the process of finalizing a number of amendments to the regulation that require SPCC Plans to be amended and stipulate that any required facility changes be implemented in 2009. Even if none of the amendments are applicable to a facility, the SPCC Plans must still be reviewed every five years and likely certified/recertified by a Professional Engineer.


SEH has already updated or prepared numerous SPCC Plans for industrial, commercial, county, municipal, and utility clients. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Bruce Olson

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