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Keeping Up with SPCC Amendments

The SPCC regulations were last amended October 2011 to extend the date for SPCC compliance for farmers to May 13, 2013, effective immediately.

Another recent amendment was the one made in October 2010, which extended the compliance date for certain facilities.

The bulk of the recent changes were the November 9, 2009 amendments, which had an implementation date of January 14, 2010, and included provisions for the following:

  • Exemptions for hot mixed asphalt (HMA) and HMA containers, pesticide application equipment and related mix containers, and heating oil containers at single-family residences, including those located at farms;
  • Amended definition of "facility" to clarify the existing flexibility associated with describing a facility’s boundaries;
  • Amended facility diagram requirements to provide additional flexibility;
  • New definition of "loading/unloading rack" to clarify the oil transfer equipment subject to the provisions for facility tank car and tank truck loading/unloading racks, as well as amended provisions for this equipment;

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  • Amended general secondary containment requirements to provide more clarity;
  • Exemption of non-transportation-related tank trucks from the sized secondary containment requirements;
  • Amended security requirements;
  • Amended integrity testing requirements to allow greater flexibility in the use of industry standards;
  • Amended integrity testing requirements for containers that store animal fats and vegetable oils (AFVOs) and meet certain criteria;
  • Amended definition of "production facility";
  • Clarification that drilling and workover activities are not subject to the provisions at 40 CFR 112.9;
  • Exemption for certain intra-facility gathering lines at oil production facilities from the SPCC requirements;
  • More prescriptive requirements for a flowline/intra-facility gathering line maintenance program for all production facilities and an alternative compliance option for flowlines and intra-facility gathering lines for contingency planning in lieu of all secondary containment;
  • Alternative compliance option for flow-through process vessels at oil production facilities to comply with the general secondary containment requirements and additional oil spill prevention measures in lieu of the sized secondary containment requirements;

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  • Amended general secondary containment requirements to provide more clarity;
  • Exemption of non-transportation-related tank trucks from the sized secondary containment requirements;
  • Amended security requirements;
  • Amended integrity testing requirements to allow greater flexibility in the use of industry standards;
  • Amended integrity testing requirements for containers that store animal fats and vegetable oils (AFVOs) and meet certain criteria;
  • Amended definition of "production facility";
  • Clarification that drilling and workover activities are not subject to the provisions at 40 CFR 112.9;
  • Exemption for certain intra-facility gathering lines at oil production facilities from the SPCC requirements;
  • More prescriptive requirements for a flowline/intra-facility gathering line maintenance program for all production facilities and an alternative compliance option for flowlines and intra-facility gathering lines for contingency planning in lieu of all secondary containment;
  • Alternative compliance option for flow-through process vessels at oil production facilities to comply with the general secondary containment requirements and additional oil spill prevention measures in lieu of the sized secondary containment requirements;