Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule Information

3/20/2013 3:36:31 PM



What?
In 2009, EPA finalized regulations that will require any farm with above-ground oil storage capacity of greater than 1,320 gallons to have a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan in place. This regulation is over 30 years old and was originally intended for the petroleum industry, although EPA contends that agriculture has never been exempt. In 2011, the EPA provided a two year compliance delay for farmers and ranchers; however the delay ended on May 10, 2013. However, Congress passed legislation which prevented EPA from enforcing the SPCC rule on farms and ranches until the end of September 2013.

Who?
You need an SPCC plan if: 
  • An oil spill from your farm could reach water.
  • You have oil (such as diesel, gasoline, hydraulic oil, lube oil, crop oil or vegetable oil, etc.) storage capacity of 1,320 gallons or more. 
When?
Congress passed legislation which prevented EPA from enforcing the SPCC rule on farms and ranches until the end of September 2013.

How?
Prepare and implement an SPCC plan that outlines equipment and procedures to prevent and respond to an oil spill. Determine if you are a Tier I or Tier II facility:

Tier I
  • Fuel storage capacity (down to 55 gallon containers) of 1,320 gallons to 10,000 gallons with a reasonable expectation of spill going into waters of the U.S.
  • Farmers and ranchers can self certify
  • Farmers and ranchers can use EPA Tier I template available online via www.epa.gov/emergences/content/spcc/tier1temp.htm unless part of fuel storage has a tank of 5,000 gallons or more
  • Secondary containment will likely be part of SPCC plan
Tier II
  • Fuel storage capacity (down to 55 gallon containers) of above 10,000 gallons with a reasonable expectation of spill going into waters of the U.S.
  • Farmers and ranchers must certify plan with licensed engineer
  • Secondary containment will likely be part of SPCC plan

If you have additional questions about the SPCC Program, watch the SPCC Compliance Webinar featuring EPA staff from Tues., March 26, at 9 a.m. (CST) or call the Oil Information Center at 800-424-9346.

Useful Links

Webinar Recording - http://youtu.be/pBwTlVy8izw.

Webinar PowerPoint - http://www.epa.gov/osweroe1/docs/oil/spcc/spcc_rule_amendments_farms.pdf

SPCC Rule - http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/spcc/index.htm

EPA Regional SPCC Coordinators & Agriculture Contacts - http://www.epa.gov/osweroe1/docs/oil/spcc/contact_list.pdf

SPCC for Agriculture - http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/spcc/spcc_ag.htm

Tier I Qualified Facility SPCC Plan Template - http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/spcc/tier1temp.htm
 
           






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