Prevention, preparation, and response to oil spills are some of the Environmental Protection Agency’s top priorities. EPA’s oil spill prevention program intends to prevent oil from reaching navigable waters and shorelines, and to contain the discharge of oil. According to the EPA regulation 40 CFR 112, non-transportation-related facilities that drill, produce, store, process, refine, transfer, distribute, use, or consume oil or oil products are required to develop and implement a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan.
The SPCC Plan must contain design criteria, inspection procedures, and must be certified by a professional engineer. This plan must be implemented within 6 months of operation and must be reviewed and updated every 5 years. Updated SPCC Plans with technical revisions must be recertified by a professional engineer.
EPA amended 40 CFR 112 in 2011 and required existing facilities to update their SPCC Plan by November 10, 2011. If this applies to your facility, your plan should have had its 5-year update on November 10, 2016. If you haven’t updated your plan, your 5-year update is coming up, or you need to implement an SPCC Plan at your facility, Spencer-SHE’s team of engineers can assist you. With 50-years of experience we can efficiently and accurately update or create your SPCC Plan to meet EPA requirements.