EHS SPCC Plan
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA’s) Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (“SPCC”) rule was initially published in the Federal Register on December 11, 1973, and was promulgated under the authority of Section 311(j)(1)(C) of the 1970 Federal Water Pollution Control Act, as amended, also known as the Clean Water Act (CWA).
The SPCC rule is codified in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR) Part 112 under the title “Oil Pollution Prevention,” which first became effective on January 10, 1974. The USEPA has since proposed revisions to the SPCC rules in 1991, 1993, and 1997. On June 28, 2002 the USEPA Administrator signed a notice that amended the SPCC rule, which was published in the Federal Register on July 17, 2002. The SPCC rule amendments became effective on August 16, 2002.
The goal of the oil pollution prevention regulation in 40 CFR Part 112 is to prevent oil discharges from reaching navigable waters of the United States or adjoining shorelines.