Brian V. Moran, P.E. recently participated as a panel member on the SPCC (Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure) Regulation revisions on June 9 at the New England Fuel Institute’s (NEFI) North American Heating and Energy Expo which was held at the Hynes Convention center in Boston, MA. These new rules affect owners and operators of bulk petroleum storage facilities and have undergone significant changes over the years. First issued in 1973, the SPCC Rule was developed by the EPA to prevent discharge of oil into navigable waters. Proposed revisions in 2002 included changes to requirements for SPCC and Facility Response Plans. Further revisions were necessary to address concerns raised through litigation following the proposed 2002 revisions. Additional revisions proposed in 2006 addressed only specific concerns and therefore the rule was further revised in 2008 to address the remaining concerns. The effective date of the amendments promulgated on December 5, 2008 has been extended until January 14, 2010. The compliance date for all facilities to amend (or prepare) and implement an SPCC Plan has been extended until November 10, 2010. These extensions have NO impact on those facilities in operation before August 16, 2002. Those facilities are required to maintain an SPCC Plan in accordance with the current SPCC regulations.
Considering all of the recent changes to the SPCC regulations, having an engineering firm that is knowledgeable in SPCC is critical. Norfolk Ram’s team of engineers has experience working with the recent revisions and implications of recent compliance extensions. Norfolk Ram can assist with all aspects of SPCC Plan development and associated training, testing and inspections.
For more information regarding Norfolk Ram Group and for assistance in preparing your SPCC plan, please contact Brian Moran, P.E., Vice President, 508-478-1276 x12 or email at [email protected] Amendment Summary for December 2008 Revisions