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Company agrees to $170K penalty after oil discharge

An Oklahoma-based company has agreed to pay a $170,000 penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act related to oil pollution at its oil gathering, pumping, and storage facility in Big Horn County, Wyoming. The agreement with the EPA resolves alleged violations of the Clean Water Act’s requirements for oil and gas operations […]

Federal UST regs get major revisions [Video]

Do you have underground storage tanks (USTs) at your facility? If the answer is yes, watch this short video explaining the EPA’s recent revisions to the federal regulations. The new regulations place a significant emphasis on proper operation and maintenance of equipment, secondary containment, and owner notification and operator training requirements. Learn more about how to […]

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SPCC Q&A: Absorbent from spill cleanup

This week, we’re sharing a SPCC Q&A from our companion site, Enviro.BLR.com. Question: Should oil mixed with absorbent (from spill cleanup) be included in a facility’s oil inventory for SPCC purposes? Would it be considered as oil during an inspection? Here’s the answer: Under the federal Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations, oil mixed […]

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Auto dealer facing $17,500 penalty after 2014 oil spill

A New Hampshire auto dealer has agreed to pay a penalty of $17,500 to settle EPA claims regarding an oil spill last year, and inadequacies in its oil spill prevention plan. According to the EPA news release, the oil spill originated from tanks stored at the dealership, when a small quantity of oil was released […]


How does the new WOTUS rule impact SPCC?

Last week, the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have released the final Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule under the Clean Water Act (CWA). the rule provides a more precise definition and greater clarity to which waters warrant specific protection under the Clean Water Act. I sat down with Amanda […]

Aboveground storage tank conference recap: What you missed

In case you missed this year’s National Institute of Storage Tank Management (NISTM) International Aboveground Storage Tank Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, here are a few blog posts covering the event. 5 common SPCC Plan violations—Watch out for these five common Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan violations at your facility. 7 keys to […]


New fact sheet on SPCC applicability to farms

By Amanda Czepiel, JD, Managing Editor – Environmental The EPA has released a new fact sheet explaining the impacts of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) on the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule and farms. The EPA anticipates revising the SPCC rule consistent with the WRRDA amendments in a future rulemaking. […]

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5 common SPCC Plan violations [Conference recap]

Last week, we reported on SPCC compliance tips, a topic covered at the 17th Annual International Aboveground Storage Tank Conference & Trade Show in Orlando, Florida. This week we are reviewing another talking point, common SPCC Plan violations. Here are five to watch out for at your facility. Inadequate cross references Inadequate facility diagram (facility […]

7 keys to SPCC compliance [Conference recap]

This week, we were at the 17th Annual International Aboveground Storage Tank Conference & Trade Show in Orlando, Florida. The annual event is held by NISTM and covers the latest information on operations, construction, environmental compliance, spill prevention, and response/management activities associated with aboveground storage tanks (ASTs). In a session titled “What to Expect During an EPA […]


EPA proposes $700K+ in penalties for 2 facilities over possible SPCC violations in Q1

EPA filed complaints against two Pan Am Railways-owned rail yards for failing to implement an SPCC plan, among other violations. During the first quarter of 2015, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed complaints of SPCC violations against two facilities owned by Pan Am Railways and its subsidiaries, according to the EPA’s online list of proposed administrative […]