Aboveground Oil and Fuel Oil (Diesel) Storage
If you store oil or fuel oil (diesel) in aboveground containers or tanks you are required by the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to have a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Plan (SPCC Plan). SPCC Plans are tailored to each facilities unique make-up.
Do You Have An SPCC Plan?
If you're not sure, check your files. If you don't, better give us a call.
Is Your SPCC Plan and Facility Compliant?
All an incomplete, inaccurate, and non-compliant SPCC Plan will do is give you a false sense of security. The same goes for a facility that is not in compliance. There can be serious consequences if appropriate measures have not been taken. If you're not sure, give us a call to assess them for you.
How Will You Do If Inspected?
Many architects and engineers fail to inform owners of new facilities with aboveground storage containers/tanks that an SPCC Plan is required. As a result the owners find out the hard way and sometimes are subject to fines. Many consultants don't know all the construction requirements an SPCC Plan imposes and as a result they are not incorporated into the original construction. Later, after the infractions are discovered, the facility must be brought into compliance - often at a much higher cost.
How Will You Do If A Spill or Discharge Occurs?
If appropriate SPCC Plan measures are not in place a spill or discharge can devastate the environment, your bank account, and your reputation.
Procedures & Recordkeeping
In addition to the construction requirements, written procedures and specific recordkeeping are required. Your documentation and recordkeeping are also subject to inspection, but more importantly they must be setup in a very specific manner so that you and your personnel can quickly access them should a spill or discharge occur. The reason is because spills and discharges are rare, which makes it easy for even responsible personnel to be caught off guard and not be able respond in a fast and appropriate manner without them.
Because an SPCC Plan includes construction requirements, it's best if it's prepared before original construction drawings are completed. That allows time for required SPCC Plan requirements to be incorporated into the drawings and ultimately into the original construction at a lower cost and no disruption to ongoing operations. The next best thing to do is bring your existing facility into compliance before an EPA inspector shows up at your door step.
We Know The Regulations
Don't go by what consultants and contractors tell you unless they can cite specific regulations (most can't). The CFR/EPA requirements are far more encompassing than most consultants know or want to know. As a result they may not be able to readily provide you with everything you need.
We Will Make Sure You're Covered
Step-1, we will assess your facility, procedures, and recordkeeping. Our assessment will cite all regulations required to bring them into compliance. Step-2, we will draw up plans for any facility changes that need to be made. Step-3, if feasible, we will oversee the procurement of any permits that might be required and the corrective work itself. Step-4, we will prepare a compliant SPCC Plan and other documents required to be on file. Step-5, we will provide CFR/EPA required orientation, training, and briefing.
Don't Make The Five O'clock News
Aboveground oil and diesel storage tanks may be the most forgotten about part of a facility, but could be one of the most damaging if a spill or rupture occurs. Avoid that call from security that your supplier spilled while loading your tank or the call from the fire department in the middle of the night informing you that your tank or piping ruptured. If you are compliant, those will never be an issue.
Sleep better at night by taking action now to make sure you have all the required spill prevention, control, and countermeasures properly in place. |
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