The Tanks Direct team can help you determine if you need a SPCC plan. Our team has written and reviewed SPCC Plans for countless facilities ranging from small maintenance shops to large industrial complexes. In addition to authoring SPCC Plans, our team has trained and certified aboveground storage tank inspectors that can ensure your tanks are up to current code requirements.
Our team is available to help you meet your regulatory requirements, reduce potential liability, and maintain a clean and sustainable environment in the most cost-effective manner possible.
What is an SPCC Plan?
SPCC (Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure) regulations are in place to prevent oil from entering navigable waters through the prevention, control and mitigation of oil spills. An SPCC Plan is a formal written document that details how you will prevent and respond to oil spills.
Do I need a plan?
If you answer “yes” to any of the questions below, the EPA requires that you have an SPCC Plan in place for your facility.
• Do you store, use, or transfer oil (such as diesel fuel, gasoline, heating oil, lube oil, hydraulic oil, used oil, vegetable oil, cooking oil, or animal fat) at your facility?
• Is your oil stored in aboveground storage tanks, 55-gallon drums, or totes?
• Does the total capacity of your oil-containing aboveground storage tanks, drums, and totes exceed 1,320 gallons?
In most cases, SPCC Plans must be reviewed and stamped by a Professional Engineer (PE). SPCC Plans must be updated whenever there is a change in oil storage or site layout at the facility and all existing SPCC Plans must be formally reviewed every five years.
How much do they cost?
The cost to implement and maintain a SPCC Plan is relatively inexpensive, especially when compared to the potential costs associated with a release and regulatory enforcement. The EPA performs random unannounced inspections of facilities suspected of needing a SPCC Plan. The penalty for not having a required SPCC Plan – or not having a sufficient one – can be as much as $37,500 per day of violation, up to a maximum of $187,500. This does not include the cost for cleanup should you have a release and have ineffective measures in place to contain and minimize the impacts of the spill. Furthermore, you run the risk of your insurance company not renewing coverage or paying a claim if you are out of compliance.
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