Category: Special Topics in Environmental Management

Are You Prepared for an SPCC Plan Inspection?

By Amanda Czepiel, J.D. BLR Legal Editor For many, that question will be answered during an EPA inspection. Your best bet to pass an SPCC plan inspection? Be prepared. EPA has been conducting SPCC plan inspections since 1973 in an effort to minimize oil spills from reaching U.S. waters, and in recent years, has stepped […]

SPCC Requirements: What Does EPA Mean When It Says …?

The determination of whether your facility has the potential to discharge, or "could" discharge, is based on the location of your facility in relation to streams, ponds and ditches (both perennial or intermittent), storm or sanitary sewers, wetlands, mudflats, sandflats, or other navigable waters. You should take into account the distance to navigable waters, volume […]

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 […]

More SPCC Q&As

In terms of SPCC regulations, are there any broader or stricter views of the definition, for example, of navigable waterway? The definition of “navigable waterways” has not been expressly addressed in the new rule revisions. EPA has always held a very broad definition of what navigable waterways meant. I’ve seen very few facilities that could […]

Popular SPCC Questions Answered

Under the new rules (the amendments passed in 2010), what are the excess volume requirements for secondary containment? Under the new rules, there was a lot of debate about this in past versions of SPCC rules and past SPCC enforcements. Basically, the rule says you must have secondary containment equal to the amount of oil […]

Air Permits: Where Do You Begin?

Air permits are divided into construction permits and operating permits. Construction permits are usually required when building a new facility or installing and/or modifying a process or piece of equipment. The construction permit defines the air pollution source, establishes emissions limits and indentifies the equipment and/or controls to meet those limits. Applicants must apply for […]

Water Regs and Permits to Watch Out for in 2012

Legal Editor Amanda Czepiel says that in the beginning of 2012, we will see EPA issue the 2012 Stormwater Construction General Permit (CGP). It will include a number of changes due to the implementation of the Construction and Development Rule, as well as changes to the appearance of the permit, new requirements for site inspections, […]

SPCC Training Requirements

In this Environmental Daily Advisor transcript, Advisor editor Kelly Lagana talks with Amanda Czepiel about required training for EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC). Amanda Czepiel is legal editor for BLR’s environmental compliance products.