The top priority of EPA’s Emergency Management Program is to prevent, prepare for, and respond to oil spills that occur in and around inland waters of the United States. EPA is the lead federal response agency for oil spills occurring in inland waters, and the U.S. Coast Guard is the lead response agency for spills in coastal waters and deepwater ports.
Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule
Reminder: May 10, 2013, is the compliance date for farms prepare or amend and implement their Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans. For more information, please see SPCC for Agriculture.
The SPCC rule provides requirements for oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response to prevent oil discharges to navigable waters and adjoining shorelines. The rule requires specific facilities to prepare, amend, and implement SPCC Plans. The SPCC rule is part of the Oil Pollution Prevention regulation, which also includes the Facility Response Plan (FRP) rule.
- Webinars and presentation slides on the Revisions to the SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors
- Revised SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors
- Revised SPCC Bulk Storage Container Inspection Fact Sheet (PDF) (11 pp, 194K, about PDF)
- SPCC for the Upstream Sector
- Qualified Facilities
- November 2009 Amendments to the SPCC Rule
- Compliance Dates
- Proposed Rule to Exempt Certain Milk Containers and Associated Piping and Appurtenances from the SPCC Rule - January 2009
- Revisions to the Regulatory Definition of "Navigable Waters" - November 2008
- December 2006 Amendments to the SPCC Rule
- Search frequently asked questions or submit your own question
- Policy and Guidance — guidance documents, memoranda of agreement, interpretive letters, and fact sheets
- Oil Pollution Prevention Regulation — see subparts A, B, and C of 40 CFR part 112 for SPCC requirements
- Superfund, TRI, EPCRA, RMP & Oil Information Center — answers questions related to the SPCC rule and several other EPA programs