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Revised Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Guidance for Regional Inspectors

In August 2013, EPA revised the SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors which is intended to assist regional inspectors in reviewing a facility's implementation of the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule at 40 CFR part 112. This guidance document is also available to owners and operators of facilities that may be subject to the requirements of the SPCC rule, and the general public on how EPA intends the SPCC rule to be implemented. The document is designed to provide a consistent national policy on several SPCC-related issues.

This guidance is a living document and will be revised, as necessary, to reflect any relevant regulatory amendments. Additionally, EPA welcomes comments from the regulated community and the public on the guidance.

How do I comment on the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Guidance for Regional Inspectors?

To comment on the SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors, e-mail us at SPCC.OilSpill@epa.gov. Please include in your message the specific page number or section number that your comments refer to. EPA will not respond to all comments; however, all comments will be reviewed and will be used to inform ongoing revisions to the guidance document.

If you have questions about the guidance please call the Superfund, TRI, EPCRA, RMP and Oil Information hotline. If the hotline is unable to answer your specific questions, your question will be forwarded to an EPA staff member for a response.

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Disclaimer

This document provides guidance to EPA inspectors, to owners and operators of facilities that may be subject to the requirements of the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule (40 CFR Part 112) and to the general public on how EPA intends the SPCC rule to be implemented. The guidance is designed to facilitate nationally-consistent implementation of the SPCC rule.

The statutory provisions and EPA regulations described in this guidance document contain legally binding requirements. This guidance document does not substitute for those provisions or regulations, nor is it a regulation itself. In the event of a conflict between the discussion in this document and any statute or regulation, this document would not be controlling. The guidance does not impose legally binding requirements on EPA or the regulated community, and might not apply to a particular situation based upon the circumstances. The word “should as used in this guidance is intended solely to recommend or suggest, in contrast to “must or “shall which are used when restating regulatory requirements. Similarly, model SPCC Plans in Appendices D, E, and F, as well as examples of SPCC Plan language in the guidance, are provided as suggestions and illustrations only. While this guidance document indicates EPA's preferred approach to assure effective implementation of legal requirements, EPA retains the discretion to adopt approaches on a case-by-case basis that differ from this guidance where appropriate. Any decisions regarding a particular facility will be made based on the statute and regulations.

References or links to information cited throughout this guidance are subject to change. Rule provisions and addresses provided in this guidance are current as of August 2013. This guidance is a living document and may be revised periodically without public notice. This document will be revised, as necessary, to reflect any relevant future regulatory amendments. Interested parties are free to raise questions and objections about the substance of this guidance and the appropriateness of the application of this guidance to a particular situation. EPA welcomes public comments on this document at any time and will consider those comments in any future revision of this guidance document.

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Using the Guidance

The SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors is divided into seven main chapters, appendices, a glossary of terms and an index. EPA recommends reading the entire SPCC rule at 40 CFR part 112 and the entire guidance document.

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Guidance Content

Revision History since August 28, 2013 Publication

December 2013

November 2013

Text revisions are noted with a pencil symbol.

Full Guidance Document (PDF) (921 pp, 31MB, About PDF)

Chapters 1-7:

Appendices: The guidance includes several appendices that provide supplementary information for inspectors.

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