The Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure rule helps facilities prevent a discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines. The SPCC rule requires facilities to develop, maintain, and implement an oil spill prevention plan, called an SPCC Plan. Transloading points where liquids are transferred from railcars to truck and vice versa require specific spill prevention solutions to meet mandatory federal guidelines. Railroad transloading facilities must have a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan in place if they handle petroleum or non-petroleum oils.
In a perfect world, there would be no spills, but the EPA, Environmental Protection Agency recognizes that spills can and do happen making SPCC plans vital for facilities. Oil spills can endanger public health, jeopardize the safety of drinking water, destroy natural resources, and affect the economy. Besides these consequences, oil spills come with a cost. Prevention costs are typically much less than the costs that can be expected after a spill, which often includes the cost of clean-up, fines, and other civil liabilities.
Compliance with the SPCC rule includes two parts: preventing oil spills and developing and implementing an SPCC Plan. Each SPCC Plan is unique to its facility, but all plans must include the following oil specifics: oil handling operations at the facility, spill prevention practices, discharge or drainage controls, personnel, equipment, and resources that the facility used to prevent oil spills. Although it is a legal requirement, an SPCC Plan is also a tool to help facilities prevent and react to oil spills. Considering the costs that a facility would incur if a spill happened, it is worth the effort to create a detailed and reliable plan to which the facility holds itself accountable. If you need help with your SPCC plan, contact us at G&T Enterprises today.