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Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Conservation Activity Plan

Practice Code: 150
Reporting Unit: Acre (No.)

An Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) is a plan prepared and certified by a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in accordance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules for producers with more than 10,000 gallons of liquid storage capacity. Producers with less than 10,000 gallons of liquid oil/fuel storage capacity are not required to hire a registered Professional Engineer to prepare their plan, and may self-certify.

SPCC Criteria

Minimum criteria to be addressed in the development of an SPCC CAP.

  1. General Criteria

An SPCC CAP shall be developed by certified Technical Service Providers (TSPs). In accordance with Section 1240 (A), the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) program provides funding support through contracts with eligible producers to obtain services of certified TSPs for development of an SPCC CAP. Specific TSP criteria required for the SPCC CAP development is located on the TSP registry (TechReg) Web site.

  1. The SPCC CAP shall address and document the following elements:
  1. Background and site information
  2. Existing inventory of liquid storage tanks and containers
  3. Secondary containment conservation practices planned
  4. Reference documents
  1.  SPCC Element Specific Criteria
  1. The SPCC CAP is applicable to farms with liquid storage capacities greater than 10,000 gallons of regulated substances in above ground containers as defined by EPA SPCC Tier 2 rule. The degree to which these elements are addressed in the development and implementation of a site-specific SPCC CAP is determined by the General Criteria in Section A and the specific criteria provided for each element of the SPCC are identified below.
  2. Background and Site Information - this element provides a brief description of:
  1. Name of producer
  2. Facility location(s) and mailing address
  3. Type and size of the operation
  4. Producer concerns
  1. Criteria for SPCC CAP - The SPCC plan is to be tailored to the individual farm and should cover the required elements including, but not limited to, the following:
  1. Professional Engineer certification
  2. Plan must comply with the provisions of 40 CFR 112
  3. Facility diagram
  4. Type of oil and capacity of each container
  5. Oil spill predictions
  6. Facility drainage
  7. Facility inspection
  8. Site security
  9. Five year review plan
  10. Management approval
  11. Appropriate secondary containment
  12. Loading/unloading requirements and procedures for tank car and tank trucks
  13. Brittle fracture evaluations
  14. Bulk storage container compliance
  15. Transfer procedures and equipment (including piping)
  16. Integrity testing
  17. Personnel training and oil discharge prevention briefing
  1. SPCC CAP (record of decisions)

The record of decisions is documentation of conservation practices and measures taken to address meeting EPA regulation. The record of decisions shall include the measures taken to provide secondary containment for regulated substances, planned practices, schedule for implementation, and site specific specifications to apply the conservation practices. Planned engineering type practices shall include the conservation practice list and schedule of implementation.

  1. References

This element lists the technical documentation sources used for the SPCC CAP and may include the actual documents or Web sites that contain the technical documentation useful for the producer.

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide Web site.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System
with practices such as:

On-farm Secondary Containment Facility (710)

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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