Facilities that store oil products and fuel in above ground storage tanks (ASTs) in volumes greater than 1320 gallons must submit a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC). In California, the SPCC is submitted to the local administering agency (CUPA). The SPCC addresses a qualified facility’s measures to prevent a spill from entering navigable waterways and adjoining shorelines. The two tiers of SPCC Plans are defined below.
Tier 1 – The owner or operator can prepare the SPCC by themselves without a certified Professional Engineer’s (PE) signature, as long as they meet the following criteria:
- A total aboveground oil storage capacity of 5,000 U.S. gallons or less;
- No aboveground oil storage containers with a capacity greater than 5,000 U.S. gallons; and
- No discharges to navigable waters or adjoining shorelines in the three years before the SPCC Plan is certified.
- Please note: this does not include discharges that are the result of natural disasters, acts of war, or terrorism. When determining the applicability of this SPCC reporting requirement, the gallon amount(s) specified (either 1,000 or 42) refers to the amount of oil that actually reaches navigable waters or adjoining shorelines not the total amount of oil spilled. EPA considers the entire volume of the discharge to be oil for the purposes of these reporting requirements.
Tier II – A more robust requirement and requires sign-off or preparation by a PE. The basic requirements includes that the facility meets the qualifying criteria having on-site…
- Any individual aboveground oil container greater than 5,000 gallons
- A single discharge of oil to navigable waters or adjoining shorelines exceeding 1,000 gallons, or
- Two discharges of oil to navigable waters or adjoining shorelines each exceeding 42 gallons within any 12-month period.The Plan has been prepared in accordance with accepted and sound industry practices and standards and with the rule requirements
- Procedures for required inspections and testing have been established
- The Plan is being fully implemented
- The Plan does not deviate from rule requirements except as allowed and as certified by a PE
- Management approves the Plan and has committed resources to implement it
ARC Enterprises will help you through the process and has the resources to fully integrate the SPCC with your company’s environmental program. Once set up, most companies manage the updates with little trouble. Let ARC Enterprises help!