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Spill Prevention, Control, & Countermeasures (SPCC)

Spill Prevention, Control, & Countermeasures (SPCC)

The Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) regulations strive to prevent oil from entering navigable waters through the prevention, control, and mitigation of oil spills.  The program is managed through the Envrionmental Protection Agency (EPA).  SPCC plans are required for facilities that store oil and oil-containing products exceeding certain capacity thresholds where there is a possibility that an oil spill would reach a navigable water.  Any business that maintains a total aboveground oil storage capactiy of greater than 1,320 gallons, or a total underground oil storage capacity of greater than 42,000 gallons, where there is a reasonalbe potential for a discharge to reach navigable waters is subject to SPCC regulatory requirements.  Aboveground storage containers with a capacity of 55-gallons or more are included in the aboveground capacity threshold calculation.  Underground storage tanks are not subject to the SPCC regulations.