Professional Engineers Out on the Street….Changes to the SPCC Rule Creating Fewer Opportunities for Work as Industry Finds Some Regulatory Relief

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Professional Engineers Out on the Street….Changes to the SPCC Rule Creating Fewer Opportunities for Work as Industry Finds Some Regulatory Relief.

Almost a year to the day, the USEPA Office of Emergency Management has finalized the second of two sets of amendments to the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule proposed on Monday, December 12, 2005. This ruling has several components with one of the most significant being the ability for a sizeable portion of the regulated community to prepare self-certified SPCC Plans. Although applauded by perhaps many, one can only speculate what the impact will be on the ranks of the professional engineering profession. With the signature of the final rule, EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson has put into place streamlined requirements for the owners/operators of qualified facilities with aboveground oil storage capacities of 10,000 gallons or less and certain containers and equipment regulated under the rule. This article provides a summary of key issues surrounding the option afforded to qualified facilities to take advantage of self-certification.



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