Pennsylvania Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act, 35 Pennsylvania Statutes (Pa. Stat.) 6021.101 to 6021.2104

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Storage tank and spill prevention program: 25 Pennsylvania Code (Pa. Code) 245.1 to 245.708 (incorporating 40 CFR 280, Subparts A-D, G)

Spill notification: 25 Pa. Code 245.305

Aboveground storage tanks (ASTs): 25 Pa. Code 245.305(h)

Oil Spill Responder Liability Act, 35 Pa. Stat. 6023.1 to 6023.3

Spill prevention and response plans (SPRPs): 25 Pa. Code 245.501 to 245.616

Regulatory Agencies

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Emergency Response Program

State Emergency Response Commission (SERC)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency(717) 651-2001 (24 hours)
DEP Regional OfficesSoutheast: 484-250-5900, Northeast: 570-826-2511, Southcentral: 877-333-1904Northcentral: 570-327-3636, Southwest: 412-442-4000, Northwest: 814-332-6945
National Response Center800-424-8802

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules: In Pennsylvania, all spills of petroleum of 5 gallons or more with the potential to pollute must be reported to the appropriate DEP regional office.

Water companies, municipalities, and industrial users located downstream and within 20 miles of an AST facility must be notified within 2 hours of a release that enters a water supply or that threatens the water supply of downstream users. See the state sections UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS, ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS, and EMERGENCY PLANNING AND RESPONSE and the national section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for additional guidance.

Also, see the national and state sections RELEASE ...

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