EPA – Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan
June 10, 2014, President Obama signed into law the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) bill. A provision in the bill eased the burden of the EPA’s Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule for farms. The previous EPA- SPCC rule for farms required compliance for farms if an operation had 1,320 gallons, or more, of above ground fuel storage and allowed self-certification up to 10,000 gallons. If the farm operation had over 10,000 gallons of above ground fuel storage a professional engineer was required for preparation and certification of their SPCC plan.
Under the provision in the WRRDA legislation:
The aggregate above ground fuel exemption limit is raised to 2,500 gallons or less for operations with no history of spills.
Farms with aboveground storage between 2,501 and 6,000 gallons are exempt from preparing an SPCC Plan until the EPA and USDA do a study (12 months) to establish a reasonable exemption threshold within the range. EPA then will issue a rule (additional 18 months) to set the new exemption threshold which can not be lower than 2,500 gallons.
Farms with aboveground storage between 6,001 gallons and 20,000 gallons, with no one container having a capacity of 10,000 gallons or greater, and no history of spills, can self-certify their SPCC Plan. When the rule is issued by the EPA in 18 months, the lower level shall be adjusted accordingly.
Farms with aboveground storage of 20,001 gallons and more and/or one container having a capacity of 10,000 gallons or greater, require a certified professional engineer to prepare and certify an SPCC Plan.
The legislation exempts fuel tanks with a capacity of 1,000 gallons or less and all tanks that hold animal feed ingredients from the aggregate calculations. (The previous exemption threshold was containers with a capacity of under 55 gallons)
EPA Information and Forms
EPA forms for preparing and self-certifying, SPCC Plans, are located on the EPA’s website.