Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Sets Final Amendments for Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rules

EPA announced final amendments to the SPCC Rules On November 5, 2009. The final amendments revise the December 2008 amendments following considerations presented by the regulated community. Final revision to the December 2008 rule removes provisions to: exclude farms and oil production facilities from the loading/unloading rack requirements; exempt produced water containers at an oil production facility; and provide alternative qualified facilities eligibility criteria for an oil production facility. The revised rule is effective January 14, 2010. The EPA has extended the compliance date for the revisions for all facilities until November 10, 2011. All facilities, including farms, must amend or prepare, and implement SPCC Plans by the compliance date in accordance with revisions to the SPCC rule promulgated since 2002.