Hazardous Material Disclosure / Business Emergency Plan

What is a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan and am I required to prepare and I required to prepare / implement one?

Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan is a carefully thought-out plan that includes procedures, methods, and equipment at the facility to prevent discharges of petroleum from reaching navigable waters. SPCC Plan must be certified by a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) or the tank facility (self-certification). A complete copy of the SPCC plan must be maintained on site. The SPCC Plan must be reviewed, updated, and re-certified every five years.

SPCC Plan and certification requirements are based on the type and storage capacity of the tank facility:

Type of Tank Facility

Total Storage Capacity:

Special APST Tank Facility:

Farm, Nursery, Logging & Construction Site
More than 10,000 gallons 10,000 gallons or less
Storage Capacity Conditions Tier I Tier II Each tank less than 20,000 gallons AND total less than 100,000 gallons Any tank equal to or greater than 20,000 gallons or total equal to or greater than 100,000 gallons
Each tank less than 5,000 gallons Any tank equal to or greater than 5,000 gallons

SPCC Plan Required?

Yes Yes Yes No1 Yes

SPCC Plan & Certification Options:

** Discharge history may affect the facility’s SPCC Plan & Certification Options.
** Please contact a specialist for more information.

Full SPCC Plan 2 PE-Certified Yes Yes Yes N/A Yes
Self-Certified No Yes Yes N/A No
SPCC Plan Template PE-Certified No Yes Yes N/A No
Self-Certified No Yes Yes N/A No

1Specific Requirements Apply: 1) Conduct a daily visual inspection of any aboveground storage tank that stores petroleum; 2) Allow CUPA to conduct periodic inspections of the tank facility; and 3) Install appropriate secondary containment system, if determined necessary by the CUPA.

2Full SPCC plan must be prepared in accordance with the Oil Pollution Prevention regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 40, Chapter I, Subchapter D, Part 112.

More information on SPCC Plan requirements can be found on:

Examples of SPCC Plans for Aboveground Storage Tanks:

  1. Facility contains (3) 240-gallon tanks of new motor oil, (6) 55-gallon drums of ATF, and (5) 55-gallon d rums of used oil.

    Facility must prepare and implement a SPCC Plan. Facility may use the Tier I SPCC Plan Template. The SPCC Plan Template may be self-certified.

  1. Facility contains (1) 2000-gallon tank of diesel fuel and (1) 7000-gallon tank of gasoline. Facility is an automotive dealership.

    Facility must prepare and implement a SPCC Plan. Facility may use the Tier II SPCC Plan Template. The SPCC Plan Template may be self-certified.

  1. Facility contains (1) 500-gallon tank of diesel fuel and (1) 1000-gallon tank of gasoline. Facility is a construction site.

    Facility is not required to prepare and implement a SPCC Plan if a daily visual inspection of the two aboveground storage tanks is conducted, the CUPA is allowed to conduct periodic inspections of the tank facility, and a secondary containment system is installed, if determined necessary by the CUPA.

  1. Facility contains (2) 3000-gallon tanks of diesel fuel and (1) 5000-gallon tank of gasoline. Facility is a manufacturing plant.

    Facility must prepare and implement a SPCC Plan. Facility must prepare and implement a full SPCC Plan in accordance with the Oil Pollution Prevention regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 40, Chapter I, Subchapter D, Part 112. The SPCC Plan must be certified by a Registered Professional Engineer (PE).

  1. Facility contains (1) 25,000-gallon tank of diesel fuel, (2) 5000-gallon tanks of gasoline, and (2) 500-gallon tanks of new hydraulic oil. Facility is a farm.

    Facility must prepare and implement a SPCC Plan. Facility must prepare and implement a full SPCC Plan in accordance with the Oil Pollution Prevention regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 40, Chapter I, Subchapter D, Part 112. The SPCC Plan must be certified by a Registered Professional Engineer (PE).

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