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The EPA's Oil Program focuses on preventing, preparing for, and responding to oil spills that occur in and around inland waters of the United States.
EPA Administrator Signs Final Rule to Amend the SPCC Rule
In December 2006, EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson signed a final rule to amend the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule at 40 CFR part 112. EPA amended the SPCC rule to address a number of issues raised by its 2002 final rule, including those pertaining to facilities with smaller oil storage capacities, qualified oil-filled operational equipment, motive power containers, and mobile refuelers. EPA also removed sections of the rule that are not appropriate for facilities with animal fats and vegetable oils, and extended the compliance dates for farms.
EPA has prepared references to help the regulated community understand and comply with the rule. EPA will also revise the SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors, as appropriate, to reflect the amendments to the rule and will post any changes on the Web site.
EPA Proposes to Extend SPCC Compliance Dates to July 1, 2009
EPA is proposing to extend the compliance dates for owners and operators of facilities to prepare or amend and implement SPCC Plans. This proposed rule would extend the dates by which a facility must prepare or amend and implement its SPCC Plan, until July 1, 2009. EPA expects to propose further revisions to the SPCC rule in 2007, and the extension would allow EPA the time to promulgate further regulatory revisions before the compliance dates.
Complete article can be found at www.epa.gov
Program is covered by the Office of Emergency Management
Please Note: The information contained in this publication is intended for general information purposes only. This publication is not a substitute for review of the applicable government regulations and standards, and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion. Readers with specific questions should refer to the cited regulation or consult with an attorney.