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

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


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From: Gary Jones (
gjonesprinting@aol.com)
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2004 21:22:02
The following is an update from the RCRA, Superfund & EPCRA Call Center:

This extension follows a previous 18-month extension announced on April 17, 2003, and extends deadlines for an additional 18 months from the dates promulgated at that time. The new compliance dates are February 17, 2006, to amend an existing SPCC Plan, and August 18, 2006, to implement the Plan. Affected facilities that start operations between August 16, 2002 and August 18, 2006, must prepare and implement an SPCC Plan by August 18, 2006. Affected facilities that become operational after August 18, 2006 must prepare and implement an SPCC Plan before starting operations.

The final rule was published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2004, at (69 FR 48794) You can access the Federal Register at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html

For further information, please see http://www.epa.gov/oilspill

The extension is to the July 17, 2002 EPA final rule amending the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation promulgated under the authority of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act). This rule addresses requirements for Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans and some provisions may also affect Facility Response Plans (FRPs). EPA proposed revisions to the SPCC rule on three occasions, in 1991, 1993, and 1997. The revised SPCC rule addresses these revisions and became effective August 16, 2002.

On June 17, 2004, EPA proposed to extend, by 12 months, certain upcoming compliance dates for the July 2002 SPCC amendments. EPA has now finalized an 18-month extension for the dates in 40 CFR 112.3 (a) and (b) for a facility to amend and implement its SPCC Plan to comply with the requirements as amended in 2002 (or, in the case of a facility becoming operational after August 16, 2002, prepare and implement a Plan in a manner that complies with the 2002 amended requirements). EPA has also amended the compliance deadlines in 40 CFR 112.3(c) for mobile facilities. EPA is granting the extension to, among other reasons, provide sufficient time for the regulated community to undertake the actions necessary to prepare and update their Plans in light of a recent partial settlement of litigation involving the July 2002 amendments. The extension is also intended to alleviate the need for individual extension requests.



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