Several developments concerning the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations occurred in 2006 and 2007. Thoughtful planning and continued tracking of these developments will be necessary to ensure compliance.
EPA revised the SPCC plan requirements in 2006 to:
- Provide the option to self-certify SPCC Plans in lieu of review and certification by a Professional Engineer for facilities that have an aboveground oil storage capacity of 10,000 gallons or less and meet other qualifying criteria.
- Provide an alternative to the general secondary containment requirement without requiring a determination of impracticability for qualified oil-filled operational equipment.
- Define and exempt particular vehicle fuel tanks and other on-board bulk oil storage containers (called motive power containers).
- Exempt mobile refuelers from the sized secondary containment requirements for bulk storage containers.
- Remove SPCC requirements for animal fats and vegetable oils for certain types of facilities.
- Extend the SPCC compliance dates for farms.