Finalized Amendments to the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule
Which provisions finalized in the December 2008 final rule will become effective on January 14, 2010, without further modification?
Exemptions for hot mixed asphalt (HMA) and HMA containers, pesticide application equipment and related mix containers, and heating oil containers at single-family residences, including those located at farms;
Amended definition of "facility" to clarify the existing flexibility associated with describing a facility's boundaries;
Amended facility diagram requirements to provide additional flexibility;
New definition of "loading/unloading rack" to clarify the oil transfer equipment subject to the provisions for facility tank car and tank truck loading/unloading racks, as well as amended provisions for this equipment;
Amended general secondary containment requirements to provide more clarity;
Exemption of non transportation related tank trucks from the sized secondary containment requirements;
Amended security requirements;
Amended integrity testing requirements to allow greater flexibility in the use of industry standards;
Amended integrity testing requirements for containers that store animal fats and vegetable oils (AFVOs) and meet certain criteria;
Amended definition of "production facility";
Clarification that drilling and workover activities are not subject to the provisions at §112.9;
Exemption for certain intra-facility gathering lines at oil production facilities from the SPCC requirements;
More prescriptive requirements for a flowline/intra-facility gathering line maintenance program for all production facilities and an alternative compliance option for flowlines and intra-facility gathering lines for contingency planning in lieu of all secondary containment;
Alternative compliance option for flow-through process vessels at oil production facilities to comply with the general secondary containment requirements and additional oil spill prevention measures in lieu of the sized secondary containment requirements;
Definition of "produced water container" and alternative compliance measures for these containers which require general secondary containment, a process or procedure certified by a professional engineer (PE) designed to remove free-phase oil on the surface of the produced water in these containers and compliance with additional oil spill prevention measures in lieu of sized secondary containment requirements;
Clarification of the definition of "permanently closed" as it applies to an oil production facility; and
Technical corrections provided in the December 5, 2008.
Which provisions finalized in the December 2008 final rule will become effective on January 14, 2010, with technical corrections?
Exemption for underground oil storage tanks that supply emergency diesel generators at nuclear power generation facilities.
Designation of a subset of "Tier I" qualified facilities with a set of streamlined SPCC rule requirements for which the owner or operator has the option to complete a self-certified SPCC Plan template in lieu of a full SPCC Plan.
Compliance date for new oil production facilities changes to November 10, 2010, to align with the current compliance date.
Which provisions finalized in the December 2008 final rule were removed?
Exclusions for oil production facilities and farms from loading/unloading rack requirements.
Alternative qualified facility eligibility criteria for an oil production facility.
Exemption for certain produced water containers.