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SPCC Plan Compliance Deadline May 10, 2013

On October 18, 2011 the U.S. EPA issued a rule to extend the compliance date by which farms must prepare or amend and implement their Spill Prevention Control & Countermeasures Plan (SPCC) to May 10, 2013.  Farm operations now have less than three weeks to comply with the SPCC requirements.  You need an SPCC plan if an oil spill from your farm could reach water and you store oil products (diesel, gasoline, hydraulic oil, lube oil, crop oil, or vegetable oil) in above ground quantities of more than 1,320 gallons or completely buried tanks with more than 42,000 gallons of oil.  You do not need an SPCC plan if you store less than 1,320 gallons of oil aboveground or less than 42,000 gallons below ground.  Here are some easy steps to determine if you need an SPCC plan at your farm.

1.   Add up the oil storage capacity of each above ground tank on your farm (count containers 55 gallons or larger capacity).        

2. When adding up the capacity, use the maximum volume of the container (as if it were full), not the actual amount of oil product stored in the container.

 If your farm has 10,000 gallons or less of above ground oil storage capacity; and in three years before developing and certifying your plan you had no oil spill to water larger than 1,000 gallons in a single spill or 42 gallons each from two spills within any 12 month period then your farm is classified as a Tier II farm.  If your farm meets the above criteria and has no above ground storage containers with a capacity greater than 5,000 gallons then your farm will be classified as a Tier I farm.  If you meet criteria for Tier I and Tier II farm operations you can develop and self-certify your own SPPC plan.  NOTE:  If you have more than 10,000 gallons of aboveground storage capacity, you will need a Professional Engineer to review and certify your SPCC Plan.

The Asmark Institute has developed a web-based suite of tools and guidance material specifically to help retail farm centers and farmers comply with the U.S. EPA SPCC plan requirements.  MySPCC was named for its unique ability to personalize the SPCC plan to a specific facility or farm.  Click here to acces the web-based mySPCC tool through the Asmark Institute.  Click here to access SPCC guidance documents published by U.S. EPA.  If you have questions regarding compliance with the SPCC Plan, please contact Kevin Runkle at the IFCA office.