SPCC Frequently Asked Questions
SPCC stands for Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures. It is a USEPA program that requires any facility with aggregate above ground oil storage of more than 1320 gallons to have a plan in place to prevent oil spills and discharges from reaching natural surface waters and some wetlands via storm drains, catch basins, floor drains, or direct entry.
Control measures are procedures put in place to prevent oil spills and discharges. IU's control measures include double-walled containers, secondary containment, and monthly inspections. Inspectors are trained and refreshed annually in inspection procedures as well as how to respond to a spill.
Countermeasures are procedures implemented in the event of a spill or discharge to reduce or eliminate the impact of the spilled material on nearby water resources. Countermeasures can include training personnel in spill response procedures and maintaining nearby spill response equipment. At IU, spill kits are strategically located near oil storage tanks and containers, and area personnel are trained in use of the equipment and response procedures.
EPA includes motor oils; gasoline; diesel fuel; animal fats; oils; vegetable oils from nuts, kernels, seeds and fruit; and oil mixed with any waste in the SPCC regulations.
Containers with a capacity of 55 gallons or greater must be included in the SPCC plan. At IU, this includes above ground storage tanks, emergency generator fuel tanks, and any portable containers, such as drums, with a capacity of 55 gallons or greater. EPA also requires equipment with oil filled reservoirs such as elevators, transformers, oil water separators, etc., to be included in the SPCC plan.
- Develop and maintain an SPCC plan that complies with EPA regulations
- Ensure proper containers, tanks, and equipment are used for oil storage
- Instill good work habits in personnel associated with oil storage
- Conduct monthly inspections of all tanks, containers, and secondary containments
- Maintain proper oil loading and transfer practices
- Maintain trained personnel, equipment, and resources to provide a quick response in the event of a spill or discharge