Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures Plans
Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans are intended to prevent discharges of oil into navigable waters and adjoining shorelines. Requirements for oil-spill prevention and preparedness, and response are part of the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation, requiring specific facilities to prepare, amend, and implement SPCC plans.
Facilities that store less than 10,000 gallons of oil may qualify to self-certify SPCC plans. SPCC plans for other facilities must be certified by a registered Professional Engineer (PE). The SPCC plans must meet requirements, including an examination of the facility, and must include procedures for required inspections and testing. Airports, municipal, manufacturing, oil and gas, chemical, and bulk petroleum facilities may be required to prepare, amend, and implement SPCC plans every five years.
The SPCC rule applies to facilities that:
- Are non-transportation-related
- Have an aggregate aboveground storage capacity greater than 1,320 gallons or a completely buried storage capacity greater than 42,000 gallons
- Have a reasonable expectation of a discharge into or upon navigable waters or adjoining shorelines, in an amount causing harm
DBS&A can help to determine whether a facility meets these requirements, and prepare plans to ensure SPCC operations are compliant with current rules and regulations. Our plans include site-specific procedures for preventing and responding to spills or accidental discharges of oil products into or adjacent to bodies of waters, as well as procedures by which such spills or accidental discharges would be reported to appropriate federal, state, and local agencies.
Click here for a 2-page overview of our SPCC plans.