Spill Prevention, Control and
Countermeasure Plans (SPCC)

Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plans (SPCC)

The Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA) of 1972, commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA), is the principal federal statute for protecting navigable waters, adjoining shorelines, and the waters of the contiguous zone from pollution.

The EPA requires certain facilities to prepare, amend, and implement Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans.

The SPCC plan must include the following:
  • Tank/container storage capacity and oil type
  • Secondary containment systems
  • Tank integrity testing and inspection procedures

Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plans

This plan must be reviewed and approved by a professional engineer if the facility has an aggregate storage capacity greater than 10,000 gallons. This plan must be amended within six months where any change in facility design, construction, operation or maintenance that materially affects the facility’s potential for the discharge of oil takes place. The plan must be reviewed and evaluated a minimum of once every five years. Criminal penalties for discharging oil or other hazardous substances into “waters of the United States” may result in fines of up to $100,000 per day and/or up to six years in prison. 


A facility that has an aboveground oil storage capacity of more than 1,320 gallons is subject to the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule. A facility that is subject to this rule is required to create and implement a plan with a professional engineer. This is enforced by local CUPA inspectors, known as the Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act. 


Our organization can provide tailored plans designed to meet the needs of each individual client and can give an onsite consultation which will give businesses a good idea of the best methods to implement the plan and save money.

Spill, Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Services
  • On-site consultation and facility inspection to enable companies to comply with the SPCC rule
  • Cost effective suggestions
  • Best management practices for compliance
  • Employee Training and implementation consultation
  • Annual Inspections
  • Record Management

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