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SPCC correction

November 15, 2010

An article in the Oct. 18 edition of the CATA Bulletin indicated the deadline for dealers to comply with SPCC rules is Nov. 10. The date is correct, but the year is 2011, not 2010.

The Environmental Protection Agency created a "Tier 1" category that permits eligible facilities to complete a simple, self-certified SPCC plan template, and a link to the template is on the CATA Web site, under Latest News on the site’s home page,

But Phil Troy, president of ComplyNet, a CATA allied member, said few dealerships have employees qualified to self-certify, and he recommends dealers have their first plan written for them because of the liability potential involved in a mistake.

"Even though we’ve written hundreds of plans," Troy said, "we still have them reviewed and signed off by an engineer before finalizing them. An engineer raises issues just often enough that it’s prudent.

"Have the first plan written and certified by an expert and then, at the five-year renewal dates, (dealers could) self-certify the renewals, but only if nothing has changed in the interim."