Part 112 SPCC Compliance

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule

The information below is copied verbatim from EPA's "SPCC" web page and is provided here for the convenience of our system users. The link above is a direct link to this page.
Reminder:  The compliance date for farms was May 10, 2013. For more information, please see SPCC for Agriculture.

The Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule includes requirements for oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response to prevent oil discharges to navigable waters and adjoining shorelines. The rule requires specific facilities to prepare, amend, and implement SPCC Plans. The SPCC rule is part of the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation, which also includes the Facility Response Plan (FRP) rule.

Recent Updates:

SPCC Bulk Storage Container Inspection Fact Sheet (PDF) (9 pp, 194K, about PDF)

SPCC Qualified Facilities

SPCC for Agriculture

SPCC for the Upstream Sector

SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors – the SPCC Inspection Checklists in Appendix G have been updated

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule and Milk

SPCC Information:

November 2009 Amendments to the SPCC Rule

On November 5, 2009, the EPA Administrator signed a notice amending certain requirements of the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule in 40 CFR Part 112 in order to address additional areas of regulatory reform that have been raised by the regulated community. The November 2009 amendments revise the December 2008 amendments as a result of EPA's review of comments and consideration of all relevant facts. EPA is either taking no action or providing minor technical corrections on the majority of the December 2008 provisions. However, this action modifies the December 2008 rule by removing the provisions to: exclude farms and oil production facilities from the loading/unloading rack requirements; exempt produced water containers at an oil production facility; and provide alternative qualified facilities eligibility criteria for an oil production facility.

Additionally, because of the uncertainty surrounding the final amendments to the December 5, 2008, rule and the delay of the effective date, EPA will propose to extend the compliance date.

This rule is effective January 14, 2010.

Compliance Dates

Facilities must amend or prepare, and implement SPCC Plans by the compliance date in accordance with revisions to the SPCC rule promulgated since 2002. The compliance date for farms has been extended to May 10, 2013. For more information please see: SPCC Compliance Date Extension for Farms

December 2006 Amendments to the SPCC Rule

In December 2006, the EPA Administrator signed a final rule to amend the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule at 40 CFR part 112. EPA amended the SPCC rule to address a number of issues raised by its 2002 final rule, including those pertaining to facilities with smaller oil storage capacities, qualified oil-filled operational equipment, motive power containers, and mobile refuelers. EPA also removed sections of the rule that are not appropriate for facilities with animal fats and vegetable oils, and extended the compliance dates for farms. 

SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors

EPA has developed an SPCC Guidance Document to assist regional inspectors in implementing the SPCC program and in understanding its applicability.  The document is also available as a guide to owners and operators of facilities that may be subject to the requirements of the SPCC rule and the general public on how EPA intends the SPCC rule to be implemented.

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