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What's an SPCC Plan?

We hear that a lot. SPCC Plan, or Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan, is a commonly missed US EPA requirement but it plays a big role in helping facilities prevent the accidental discharge of oil into waterways.


How Do I Know if I Need One?

Commercial facilities often make the mistake of thinking SPCC doesn't apply to them because they don't use anything "that hazardous". It's important to be aware that oils are defined as all types of fats, oils, greases of animal/fish/marine mammal origin, vegetable oils, petroleum oils, greases and sludges, synthetic oil, and oil mixed with other wastes. Also fuel for backup power is a source that may trigger the need to comply.


If your facility meets the following criteria, SPCC regulations may apply:

  • If your facility has greater than 1,320 gallons of oil in above ground storage tanks or 42,000 gallons in underground storage tanks.
  • If there is a reasonable potential for a release of oil from your facility into a navigable waterway. This doesn't mean you have to be right next to a waterway. In the event of a spill oil can travel to a nearby waterway via a sewer system.

If you need help determining if your facility meets the requirements, or with developing a plan, EH&E can help. EH&E's team of experts can quickly and cost-effectively bring your facility into compliance.


For more information on our SPCC compliance services, contact Leo Ryan at 1-800-825-5343 or

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