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EPA publishes fillable pdf template for SPCC-qualified facilities

November 12, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published a fillable pdf version of its plan template for "Tier 1" qualified facilities. The Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rule provides regulatory relief for small facilities, including dealerships, that qualify as "Tier 1" qualified facilities by allowing them to use a simple, self-certified SPCC plan template in lieu of a complex written plan.

Compliance with the SPCC rule is mandatory Nov. 10. Tier 1 qualified facilities are those which:

1. Have 10,000 or fewer gallons in aggregate above ground oil storage capacity and a maximum individual oil storage container capacity of 5,000 gallons, and

2. For the three years preceding SPCC plan certification, have no single discharge of oil to navigable waters exceeding 1,000 gallons, or two discharges of oil to navigable waters each exceeding 42 gallons within any 12-month period.

The EPA in 2006 designated most facilities that store fewer than 10,000 gallons of oil and related fluids to be "qualified facilities," making them eligible to prepare and self-certify their own written facility SPCC plan and thereby avoiding the expense of hiring a professional engineer to do so. The new option for Tier 1 facilities is even less burdensome.

A link the self-certification SPCC plan template is on the CATA Web site, See the Latest News box on the site’s home page.

The 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 rule.