What defines an SPCC ‘facility’ in the upstream sector?

In a recent BLR webinar, “Upstream SPCC Guidance for Onshore Drilling, Production & Workover Facilities: Compliance Tips from the EPA’S SPCC Technical Team Leader,” Mark Howard offered compliance tips on SPCC guidance for upstream facilities when determining facility boundaries. nike air max 95 Howard is an environmental scientist with the EPA Office of Emergency Management […]

EPA’s SPCC guidance designed with you in mind

In BLR’s recent webinar, “SPCC for Downstream Refineries, Terminals, Distributors and Storage Facilities: EPA SPCC Technical Team Leader’s Compliance Tips,” Mark Howard, outlined tips and guidance for compliance with SPCC regulations. air max ltd Mr. Howard is an environmental scientist with the EPA Office of Emergency Management in the Regulation and Policy Development Division in […]

SPCC Q&A with EPA’s Mark Howard

Mark Howard, an environmental scientist with the EPA Office of Emergency Management in the Regulation and Policy Development Division in Washington, D.C., recently led a BLR webinar on SPCC compliance for downstream refineries, terminals, distributors, and storage facilities. During the presentation, Howard fielded some questions. Here are a few of the highlight Q&As: ray ban […]

5 biggest challenges of SPCC compliance

How many hurdles must businesses jump over to comply with the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures rule? Quite a few, according to one of BLR’s top product managers, Kelly Lagana. In a recent Inspectioneering Journal article, Lagana identified the five major challenges to SPCC compliance and suggested some industry best practices for overcoming those […]

Upcoming NISTM conferences you’ll want to attend

The National Institute of Storage Tank Management (NISTM) a non-profit organization focused on the operation, regulation, and management of underground and aboveground storage tank systems, will be hosting several conferences this fall. For storage tank owners and operators, NISTM conferences provide tactical advice on tank management, access to state and federal regulators as well as […]

Oil is oil

All oil—whether it comes from an olive or a barrel of crude—can be toxic to the environment and regulated by the EPA. nike free 5.0 running shoe Federal law requires oil-handling companies to write up a plan for preventing and controlling spills–but first, companies must identify themselves as “oil-handling.” Do you use any of the […]

Todd McIntyre, Senior Environmental Compliance Manager, E-Recycling Services at SourceAmerica

“Biofuel isn’t oil,” and other SPCC myths

In one of BLR®’s latest webinars, a national expert on oil spill prevention debunks 5 common myths about the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for storing large quantities of oil.

Todd McIntyre, Senior Environmental Compliance Manager, E-Recycling Services at SourceAmerica
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Todd McIntyre used to be a really busy guy. When he was program manager for Leidos, the fourth largest American defense contractor in the United States as of 2012, Todd created at least 15 different oil spill prevention and response plans for military sites as required by federal Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations.

The SPCC rule mandates that companies properly store and dispose of oil stored for use in operations near navigable waters—meaning Todd here was responsible for everything from picking the right oil containers to designing secondary containment plans and much, much more.

Since Todd is now a senior environmental compliance advisor based in Maryland, we at BLR recruited him to sort fact from fiction for you in regards to federal SPCC regulations (we’ll post the webinar as soon as it’s live).
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Myth #1: Gasoline, biofuel and diesel fuel aren’t considered “oil” under SPCC.

Totally False: All three types of fuel are derived from petroleum products and therefore are regulated as oil products and subject to the SPCC Rule, Todd says.

shutterstock_70147567Myth #2: Only certain types of oil storage facilities need be fenced.

Half-Truth: Strictly according to the regulation, Todd explains, any facility storing more than 1320 gallons needs to be fenced. There may be situations where it is impracticable to fence the facility, in which case you will need to work with your cognizant regulatory agency to determine an exemption or environmentally equivalent approach.

shutterstock_9000574Myth #3: Heating oil containers for small businesses are exempt.

Half-Truth: Heating oil containers (except for single-family residences) would be included under the SPCC Rule for determining if you need an SPCC Plan if they hold more than 1,320 gallons of oil or oil product, according to Todd.

shutterstock_18332932Myth #4: Trucking companies that haul fuel aren’t subject to the SPCC Rule.

Half-Truth: If you are strictly in the transportation business, your tanker trucks would be subject to Department of Transportation rules, not the EPA’s SPCC regulations, Todd says. However, if you keep product in the tanker trucks while they are parked on your facility, or store oil products in your property (such as for fueling your trucks) you may be subject to the SPCC Rule.

Myth #5: Having an SPCC Plan is only required in certain states.

Totally False: Todd confirms there are no regional exemptions for the SPCC Rule–only categorical exemptions for certain types of facilities, such as wastewater treatment plants.
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If your facility is SPCC-regulated, Todd recommends training your oil-handling employees to comply with SPCC regulations. That may include using and keeping record of inspection checklists for your storage tanks and oil-containing machinery to stay in compliance with the EPA. [TRAC360] –Angela Hunt

16 common SPCC Plan violations to avoid

Are you preparing to write an SPCC plan? Read this first to avoid costly fines. ray ban clubmaster sunglasses We looked at recent EPA enforcement actions and identified 16 common SPCC Plan violations to avoid. Plan not certified by a professional engineer (PE) No management approval of plan Plan not maintained on-site or not easily accessible […]

3 things you need to know about AST state regs

Do you have a responsibility for aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) at your facility? Here are 3 things you should keep in mind regarding AST state regulations. 1. State AST regulations may be stricter than federal requirements. State AST regulations may be stricter or differ in other ways from the federal requirements. replica sunglasses oakley You […]

Help! Can I get an extension for my SPCC Plan?

Do you need more time to prepare and/or implement an SPCC plan? While we strongly recommend meeting compliance deadlines whenever possible, EPA does offer extensions in special circumstances. nike air max on sale An extension may be granted if EPA finds: The owner or operator cannot fully comply with the requirements as a result of nonavailability […]