What is an SPCC Plan?

A Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan, mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is a comprehensive written strategy designed to prevent, control, and counteract oil spills from reaching navigable waters or adjacent shorelines. These plans are required under the Cean Water Act for facilities that store 1,320 gallons or more of oil and oil products.

Key Components of an SPCC Plan:

1. Facility Information: SPCC Plans start with a detailed description of the facility and include a list and location of all oil-filled containers at the facility.

2. Preventative Measures: Description of measures in place to prevent oil spills, such as secondary containment systems, spill prevention equipment, and employee training.

3. Response Procedures: Detailed procedures for responding to spills, including notification protocols, containment strategies, cleanup methods, and coordination with emergency responders.

4. Facility Inspections and Maintenance: Plans for regular inspections and testing of oil-filled containers to ensure their compliance.

5. Potential Spill Scenarios: Identification of potential spill scenarios based on the stored oils and facility operations.

6. Recordkeeping: Requirements for maintaining records such as inspection reports, training records, and any spill history, which are crucial for demonstrating compliance with SPCC regulations.

An SPCC Plan is a vital tool to help mitigate the risk of oil spills and protect the environment. By adhering to SPCC regulations and implementing spill prevention and response strategies, facilities can contribute to a cleaner and safer environment for present and future generations.


“40 CFR Part 112 Subpart A.” Code of Federal Regulations, https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-40/chapter-I/subchapter-D/part-112/subpart-A.

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