EPA Sets New Threshold for SPCC Rule

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Jul 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC -- Recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Emergency Management released the findings of a study to determine the aggregate aboveground oil storage capacity threshold for farms subject to the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC).  The EPA storage capacity report was a requirement of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014.

Without a national registration database of aboveground oil storage tanks on farms, EPA used anecdotal and other data to determine that the original 1,320 gallon capacity threshold was appropriate.  However, the WRRDA required a new threshold of between 2,500 gallons and 6,000 gallons.  EPA has opted for the minimum 2,500 gallon threshold as the new trigger for compliance under SPCC -- a move that EPA states will exempt more than 80 percent of farms in the United States.

In response to the new WRRDA report, Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) plans to reintroduce the Farmers Undertake Environmental Stewardship (FUELS) Act, which modifies EPA's SPCC regulations applicability on farms and raises the exemption level for a single container up to 10,000 gallons.

A fact sheet on the WRRDA-compliant SPCC rule for farms can be found here.