Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Program
Applications for all USDA NRCS programs are accepted on a continuous basis with application batching dates set regularly. The application batching date for Fiscal Year 2013 EQIP Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Program is November 16, 2012. Batching dates will be posted here when they are established.
The Department of Agriculture recently implemented the Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) pilot initiative in eight states to help agricultural producers comply with revised regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The SPCC program is intended to prevent and mitigate fuel and oil spills on agricultural operations.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service is implementing the SPCC pilot initiative to provide technical and financial assistance to help agricultural producers comply with EPA's SPCC regulations. A key element of this program calls for farmers and other facilities to have an oil spill prevention plan, called an SPCC Plan. The NRCS will help develop or update existing spill prevention plans that avoid and mitigate on-farm oil spillage.
Under SPCC, a farm is considered any facility on a tract of land devoted to the production of crops or raising of animals, including fish, which produced and sold, or normally would have produced and sold, $1,000 or more of agricultural products during a year.
SPCC applies to a farm which:
Stores, transfers, uses, or consumes oil or oil products, such as diesel fuel, gasoline, lube oil, hydraulic oil, adjuvant oil, crop oil, vegetable oil, or animal fat; and
Stores more than 1,320 US gallons in aboveground containers or more than 42,000 US gallons in completely buried containers; and
Could reasonably be expected to discharge oil to waters of the United States or adjoining shorelines, such as interstate waters, intrastate lakes, rivers, and streams.
If your farm meets all of these criteria, then the SPCC applies, and a plan is required.
The SPCC program requires producers to prepare and implement an SPCC plan. Producers who already have a plan in place should maintain it. Producers who do not yet have a plan should prepare and implement one. Farms in operation on or before August 16, 2002, must maintain or amend their existing plan by November 10, 2011. Any farm that started operation after August 16, 2002, but before November 10, 2010, must prepare and use a plan on or before November 10, 2011.
How to Apply for USDA-NRCS Conservation Programs
Learn what steps you will need to take to prepare for, and submit, your application to become a USDA-NRCS Conservation Program participant.
Learn more information on the criteria required to become an eligible EQIP applicant.
For more information, contact your local USDA Service Center, or visit the USDA-NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program web site.