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EPA issues final SPCC ruling

November 17, 2010

After years of rumors and misinformation about what was to come, the EPA recently ruled that dealers who maintain more than 1,320 gallons of oil on-site and above ground still are required to have an SPCC plan. Dealers also are required to provide periodic training for those who are expected to respond to a spill.

 

A Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan is a site-specific for a business’s location, with all containers and connections identified. The plan describes how container spills can be prevented and what employees can do when a spill occurs.

 

The new regulations offer some cost savings because a licensed engineer is not required to approve a typical dealer’s plan, said Phil Troy, president of ComplyNet, a CATA allied member that has worked with dealers since 1984 on safety and environmental services.

 

"Basically," Troy said, "you can write it yourself. But writing your own plan is not where the savings will be for the dealer. There’s just too much liability. The real savings will come every five years when the plans have to be rewritten.

 

"If there have been no changes in content or location, you can certify that yourself and save the professional fees."

 

Troy said ComlyNet consults licensed engineers to review initial SPCC drafts. "Just often enough," he said, "they find something we hadn’t caught or ask a question that makes us look at a situation in a new light. And we’ve done hundreds of these plans."

 

For facilities other than a farm that started operations on or before Aug. 16, 2002, the facility must maintain its existing SPCC plan and amend and implement the plan no later than July 1, 2009. If the facility began operations after Aug. 16, 2002 through July 1, 2009, it must prepare and implement an SPCC plan no later than July 1, 2009. If the facility starts operations after July 1, 2009, it must prepare and implement an SPCC plan before beginning operations.

 

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