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Oil Spills

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.

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