SPCC Compliance Date Extended

In a final rule published in the Federal Register June 19, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has further extended the compliance dates for all facilities and farms subject to the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule. This rule extends the dates by which the owner or operator of an SPCC regulated facility or farm must prepare or amend and implement its SPCC plan to November 10, 2010. Previous compliance dates were July 1, 2009, which was ultimately amended to November 20, 2009.

EPA believes an extension is appropriate because it provides the owner or operator of a facility an additional 16 months from the first compliance date to fully understand all of the regulatory amendments offered by revisions to the SPCC rule promulgated since July 2002. Furthermore, because EPA has not yet decided how to proceed on the December 2008 rule amendments (see “EPA Extends SPCC Compliance Dates” in the April 2009 Render), the agency believes that this compliance date extension provides sufficient time for them to review those comments and to publish any additional revisions that result from this review.

As stated in the rule, a facility or farm owner or operator must maintain its existing SPCC plan, and those who want to take advantage of the July 2002 and December 2006 regulatory changes may do so, but will need to modify the existing SPCC plan accordingly. Information about the EPA SPCC final rule is posted at www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/spcc/index.htm.

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