Is your Spill Prevention Plan Up to Date?
August 2017 has come and gone, and with that the first Massachusetts deadline for removal or permanent closure of all single-walled steel underground storage tanks (USTs). If you have recently removed and/or replaced a tank on your property, your facility’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan may need to be updated!
A SPCC Plan documents what steps a facility takes to prevent oil discharges, operating procedures for storing and handling oil, and countermeasures in the case of a discharge. It would include not only an inventory of relevant tanks and oil-containing equipment, but also addresses training procedures, regular inspections, emergency contacts, and the steps to take in case of an accidental release. In some cases, your spill prevention plan may be subject to regulations set forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or MassDEP. For example, EPA regulation 40 CFR Part 112 applies to facilities above a specified storage capacity that have the potential to discharge oil into the navigable waters of the United States. These facilities may include hospitals, universities or other commercial sites situated close to surface water. If your facility falls under these regulations, your spill prevention plan must meet all the requirements listed and must be recertified at a minimum of every 5 years by a Professional Engineer.
Cooperstown has over a decade of experience implementing SPCC plans for universities, large facilities and other organizations that comply with these EPA regulations. Our Professional Engineer and support staff help our clients from the initial stage of compliance all the way through to final certification. Already have a plan? We would be happy to work with your organization to amend or recertify your plan to meet the regulatory timeframes. Our staff looks forward to working with your facility to provide a comprehensive spill prevention, control and countermeasure plan suited to your site.