SPCC Regulations for Secondary Containment

Are You in Compliance?

The SPCC Regulation for Secondary Containment, also known as Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Regulation 40 CFR 112) has been put in place to prevent the discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoin shorelines.

If you meet the following three criteria, you must comply:spcc regulations for secondary containment

  • Non-Transportation Related Facility
  • Have Sufficient Storage Capacity (Aggregate Aboveground Storage Capacity Greater than 1,320 Gallons or a Completely Buried Storage Capacity Greater Than 42,000 Gallons)
  • Could Reasonably Discharge to Navigable Waters (of the United States) or Adjoining Shorelines

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What is a Non-Transportation Related Facility?

The EPA defines these facilities (including all equipment and appurtenances) as:

  • Fixed onshore and offshore oil well drilling facilities
  • Mobile onshore and offshore oil well drilling platforms, barges, trucks or other mobile facilities
  • Fixed onshore and offshore oil production structures, platforms, derricks and rigs
  • Mobile onshore and offshore oil production facilities
  • Oil refining or storage facilities
  • Industrial, commercial, agricultural, or public facilities that use, store, drill for, produce, gather, process, refine or consume oil or oil products
  • Certain waste treatment facilities
  • Loading areas/racks, transfer hoses, loading arms and other equipment that are appurtenant to a non-transportation related facility
  • Highway vehicles and railroad cars used to transport oil exclusively within the confines of a non-transportation related facility
  • Pipeline systems used to transport oil exclusively within the confines of a non-transportation related facility

What is Considered as Oil Storage Capacity?

The EPA states that oil storage includes all containers storing oil at a facility which are equal to or greater than 55 gallons. The capacity of the containers (maximum or shell capacity) must be considered and not the actual amount of product stored in the container. Oil storage containers include, but are not limited to,

  • tanks
  • containers
  • drums
  • transformers
  • oil-filled electrical equipment (e.g., hydraulic systems, lubricating systems, machining cooling systems, circuit breakers)
  • mobile or portable totes

A facility may be subject to SPCC regulations if they have at least one of the following oil storage capacities:

  • If a facility has a total aboveground oil storage capacity greater than 1,320 gallons
  • If a facility has a total underground oil storage capacity of greater than 42,000 gallons

Under the SPCC regulation for secondary containment, oil is defined as "oil of any kind or in any form including, but not limited to, petroleum, fuel oil, sludge, oil refuse and oil mixed with wastes other than dredged spoil and oily mixtures." This also includes non-petroleum oils, synthetic oils, animal fats, oils and greases, and vegetable oils.

Reference: US Environmental Protection Agency


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