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A technical guide to complying with Federal SPCC Regulations

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Courtesy of Ecocion, Inc.

Let’s start by clarifying what SPCC is not since SPCC does overlap other Federal and State environmental regulations. SPCC is not:

NPDES – Permits under NPDES, such as stormwater or water discharge permits, are required to discharge pollutants into the “navigable waters of United States.” While it is never permitted to discharge “oil” into any waters of the US, there is some overlap with NPDES in the areas of oil spill prevention and response, oil storage, stormwater drainage,
and facility inspection Best Management Practices (BMPs);

  • CRA – Permits under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) are where standards for the management of hazardous materials are established. SPCC overlaps with RCRA in the area of used oil handling
    and disposal;
  • Underground Storage Tanks (UST) – Underground storage tanks under the UST programs of 40 CFR §280 or §281 are exempt from SPCC if the tank is completely buried; or

NPDES – Permits under NPDES, such as stormwater or water discharge permits, are required to discharge pollutants into the “navigable waters of United States.” While it is never permitted to discharge “oil” into any waters of the US, there is some overlap with NPDES in the areas of oil spill prevention and response, oil storage, stormwater drainage,
and facility inspection Best Management Practices (BMPs);

  •  RCRA – Permits under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) are where standards for the management of hazardous materials are established. SPCC overlaps with RCRA in the area of used oil handling
    and disposal;

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