From Focus Areas - Water
In 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) significantly revised the original National Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) Program Plan requirements. All facilities with gasoline, oil, or solvent storage capacity greater than 1,320 gallons are affected by these regulations and must have updated and fully implemented SPCC Plans to help avoid oil spills and minimize the impact of spills on public health and the environment.
On June 19,2009 the EPA published in the Federal Register a SPCC compliance date extension for all facilities until November 10,2010. Facilities must amend or prepare, and implement SPCC Plans by the compliance date in accordance with revisions to the SPCC rule promulgated since 2002. Farms must also amend or prepare their SPCC Plans, and implement those Plans by the same date.
The SPCC environmental program was intended to protect water from petroleum discharges in harmful quantities. Because a harmful quantity is defined as an amount which violates an applicable water quality standard or causes a film or sheen, a very small discharge could be considered harmful.
SPCC plan implementation will help protect waters and natural resources through spill prevention and control mechanisms such as secondary containment and EPA inspections.
Argent offers comprehensive SPCC environmental consulting assistance, including development of SPCC plans, preparation of revisions to SPCC plans, and completion of required periodic site inspections. Our SPCC plans contain provisions for oil spill prevention, spill response activities, and SPCC on-site staff training programs.
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