Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Self Certification of SPCC Template Plans – What Is Required?

The SPCC Rule (40 CFR 112) now allows SPCC Plans to be self-certified (no PE certification required) by facilities, if they meet a few qualifications:

  • On-site oil storage capacity must be less than 10,000 gallons;
  • Over the past three years, no single spill greater than 1,000 gallons, and no more than two spills greater than 42 gallons have occurred;
  • The SPCC meets all SPCC Rule (40 CFR 112) requirements, without the use of “environmentally equivalent” or “impracticality” determinations.

For Tier I Qualifying facilities, the facility must also certify that it meets all the requirements necessary to use the SPCC Template Plan format. All "self-certified" SPCC Plans, including those using the SPCC Template Plan format, will still need to be signed by a responsible person on behalf of the facility. By signing the SPCC Plan, that person certifies that he/she is:

  • Familiar with SPCC requirements,
  • Has visited and reviewed the facility,
  • The Plan was prepared in accordance with accepted and sound industry practices,
  • Procedures for inspections and testing have been established,
  • The Plan is fully implemented, and
  • The facility meets all the requirements to qualify for self certification.

[Request information on State-specific SPCC Plans and Template Plans]

Caltha LLP offers expert technical and regulatory support to develop "self-certified" facility Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasure (SPCC) plans, including several low cost options for SPCC Plans using the new SPCC Template Plan format. Caltha also develops the required SPCC training and SPCC inspection programs to comply with 40 CFR 112 requirements. For futher information on SPCC services, go to:
SPCC - 40 CFR 112 Compliance Services

For further information contact Caltha LLP at
Caltha LLP Website

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