Proposed Amendments to SPCC Compliance Dates

 

The Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule requires companies to implement procedures for proper storage of fuels and oils to prevent spills, control measures to prevent a spill from expanding beyond secondary containment, and countermeasures to contain, clean up and mitigate the effects of a spill if it were to occur.

In July of this year, EPA once again proposed to extend the compliance dates for SPCC plans for certain facilities. The new proposed date of November 10, 2011, is exactly one year from the current compliance date of November 10, 2010. EPA feels that this extension will permit facilities that pose a lower threat the additional time they need to fully understand all the previous amendments and/or revisions to the SPCC rules, thereby allowing adequate time to make all the appropriate changes to be in compliance.

The new proposed extension rule states that your SPCC plan should be reviewed and the appropriate amendments implemented into the SPCC plan no later than Nov. 10, 2011. This proposed ruling states that after Nov. 10, 2011 a facility (excluding production facilities) have an SPCC plan in place before beginning their operations, (production facilities are required to have an SPCC in place within six months after beginning operations). These proposed amendments will not remove any regulatory requirements for owners or operators of production facilities in operation before Aug. 16, 2002. You are still required to abide by the regulations in effect then. However, the Nov. 10, 2010 compliance date ruling still holds firm for a drilling, production or workover facility, including a mobile or portable facility, located offshore or with an offshore component or an onshore facility that is required to have and submit facility response plans.

 

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