Tag: PE

SPCC: The Real Cost of Coming into Compliance

Penalty—$3,650; Cost to Come into Compliance—$30,000 An onshore oil production company in Illinois racked up a rather small penalty of $3,650 for SPCC violations. However, its cost to come into compliance was a substantial $30,000. Their violations can be divided into seven main categories: Problems with the Plan itself: The facility diagram was inadequate. The […]

SPCC: Tips for Tank Inspections

The following Table outlines the inspection requirements for tanks and associated piping at onshore nonproduction facilities that store petroleum and nonpetroleum oils—except animal fats and vegetable oils, which have their own set of inspection requirements. Note: The SPCC rule also contains integrity testing provisions for tanks, which are not included in this table.  In addition, […]

SPCC Inspection, Evaluation, and Testing—5 Specific Things Inspectors Are Looking For

SPCC Inspection, Evaluation, and Testing—5 Specific Things Inspectors Are Looking For 1) Regular leak testing of tanks that are completely buried. Any completely buried tank that was installed on or after January 10, 1974, must be leak tested regularly “in accordance with industry standards or at a frequency sufficient to prevent leaks.” While there are […]

SPCC Inspection, Evaluation, and Testing—5 General Things Inspectors Are Looking For

SPCC Inspection, Evaluation, and Testing—5 General Things Inspectors Are Looking For 1) A complete SPCC Plan that contains a description of “the scope and schedule of inspection, evaluation, and testing to be performed on bulk containers.” In its SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors, the EPA references the following sections of 40 CFR 112 that address […]

SPCC Secondary Containment Impracticability FAQs

SPCC Secondary Containment Impracticability FAQs Q: How does the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) define “impracticability” in regard to secondary containment? A: According to the EPA, the meaning of “impracticability” relative to SPCC secondary containment requirements is the determination that a “facility owner/operator cannot install secondary containment by any reasonable method.” Q: What considerations are acceptable […]

SPCC Secondary Containment FAQs

SPCC Secondary Containment FAQs Q: What are the differences between general and specific secondary containment requirements in the SPCC rule? A: The general requirements address the potential for oil discharges from all regulated parts of a facility. Using good engineering practices, the containment method, design, and capacity should be determined to contain the most likely […]