printreg,August,2004EPA Signs 18 month SPCC Extension Rule

printreg, August, 2004
EPA Signs 18 month SPCC Extension Rule


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From: Gary Jones (
gjonesprinting@aol.com)
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2004 12:08:23
EPA Administrator Leavitt signed an 18 month Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures extension yesterday. The extension is for only certain provisions and not the entire rule. A link to the EPA website and a copy of the extension for the EPA website are attached below. Please use this info only as a reference - the extension rule is not considered final or in its final form until it is published in the Federal Register.

http://www.epa.gov/oilspill/index.htm

As background, the Spill Prevention Controls and Countermeasures Plan (SPCC) is a set of regulations developed by EPA that addresses oil spill prevention and response. For those facilities subject to the regulations, they must develop a SPCC plan, which is a complete document of a facility's plan for eliminating or minimizing discharges of oil that could be harmful to aquatic environments. These plans include very specific site and operation details about how this will be accomplished. It must be written and certified by a Professional Engineer and updated every 5 years.

There are two applicability tests that must be met for the regulations and those are:

1. The storage of oil or oil bearing materials above specific thresholds
a. Over 1,320 gallons total capacity of oil above ground, or
b. More than 42,000 gallons oil storage below ground,

2. In the event of a spill or catastrophic release, the oil would flow into a navigable waterway.



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