What is a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Plan?
A Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures Plan (SPCC) is a site-specific plan that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) requires many industrial facilities to implement. The SPCC requirement is a part of the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation set forth by the Clean Water Act in 1973. An SPCC establishes procedures, methods, equipment and other requirements to help prevent oil and petroleum product discharge from a facility and to promote appropriate response to spills.
Why would I need an SPCC?
Non-transportation related facilities storing at least 1,320 gallons aggregate capacity of oil or petroleum products aboveground, on site (or 42,000 gallons aggregate capacity belowground, on site) are required to have an SPCC in place. Exceptions may apply depending on container type. The goal of having an SPCC is to reduce the amount of oil and petroleum products that end up in navigable waters, shorelines and land-based resources in the United States.