Oil Spill Prevention and Preparedness Regulations
Prevention and Preparedness
One of EPA’s top priorities is to prevent, prepare for, and respond to oil spills that occur in and around inland waters of the United States. EPA has regulatory programs that help facilities prevent and prepare for discharges of oil.
Wildfire Guide for Tanks
This guide is a resource for underground storage tank and oil aboveground storage tank owners and operators in the event of a wildfire.
EPA's oil spill prevention program includes the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule and the Facility Response Plan (FRP) rule. EPA is the lead federal response agency for oil spills occurring in inland waters. The U.S. Coast Guard is the lead response agency for spills in coastal waters and deepwater ports.
The SPCC rule helps facilities prevent a discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines.
The FRP rule requires certain facilities to prepare and submit a response plan for a worst case oil discharge or threat of a discharge.
EPA provides guidance for the regulated community and regional inspectors.
Webinars and training for oil spill prevention and preparedness programs.
Most Requested Documents
- A Facility Owner/Operator's Guide to Oil Pollution Prevention
- 40 CFR 112
- Bulk Storage Container Inspection Fact Sheet
- SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors - Chapter 4: Secondary Containment and Impracticability Determinations
- Area Contingency Planning Handbook
- Tribal Oil Spill Prevention and Chemical Emergency Preparedness Webinars