DATE: August 1, 2011

TO:      Our Valued Customers

FROM: Crystal Flash – Corporate Compliance

RE:     Changes in SPCC (Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure) Regulations

            Effective date – November 10, 2011

Several years ago, the US EPA adopted new regulations regarding the SPCC rule. The final adoption of the changes to the SPCC rules has been delayed several times. Barring any further delays by the US EPA, the new regulations are to take effect on November 10, 2011.

Crystal Flash has several customers which will be affected by the change in federal regulation. A facility needs to have an SPCC plan if it has an aggregate aboveground oil or oil product storage (new and used) capacity greater than 1,320 US gallons. The development of SPCC plans could be very costly to our commercial customers. A normal SPCC plan needs to be developed and signed by a Certified Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), but the US EPA is allowing facilities that meet certain criteria to self-certify. An eligible self-certify facility must meet the following criteria:

  • Total aboveground oil storage capacity of 10,000 US gallons or less
  • In the past three years, the facility has had no single discharge of oil to navigable waters or adjoining shoreline exceeding 1000 US gallons, or no two discharges of oil to navigable waters or adjoining shorelines each exceeding 42 US gallons within any12 month period.

If the facility does not meet the above criteria, the SPCC plan must be certified by a licensed Professional Engineer; which could be very costly to the owner / operator of the facility.

Upon request, Crystal Flash will send our customer a copy of the US EPA “Facility Owner/Operator’s Guide to Oil Pollution Prevention”, and a blank SPCC self-certify template. For full requirements, understanding and descriptions of the program contact the EPA Oil Information Center 1-800-424-9346.

Thank You for your continued business,

Crystal Flash - Corporate Compliance

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