Alaska Spill Prevention (SPCC Plan) regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Alaska Spill Prevention (SPCC Plan): What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Federal oil pollution prevention regulations (Spill, Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure [SPCC] Plans): 40 CFR 112 State oil pollution prevention requirements: 18 Alaska Administrative Code (AAC) 75.005 to 75.085 Oil discharge prevention and contingency plans: 18 AAC 75.400 to 75.496 Applications: 18 AAC 75.400 to 75.410 Plan contents: 18 AAC 75.425 Verification log: 18 AAC 75.465

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Spill Prevention and Response (SPAR) Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. Alaska follows the federal SPCC Plan rules and may, upon the discretion of DEC, require SPCC Plans for oil exploration and production facilities. Local coordinators may request additional content for a particular site or request that a SPCC plan be prepared. Alaska also administers a state spill prevention and response program and an industry-focused prevention program.

· Administration and enforcement. EPA administers and enforces the SPCC program in Alaska. DEC reviews the SPCC plans submitted to EPA. DEC enforces the requirements of the state prevention programs.

State Requirements

To encourage and ensure spill prevention, SPAR reviews and approves prevention plans for oil terminals, pipelines, tank vessels and barges, railroads, refineries, exploration and production facilities, and underground storage tanks.

OIL POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTINENCY PLANS

Applications 18 AAC 75.400 to 75.410

SPAR requires that all oil terminals, tank vessels, oil barges, pipelines, exploration or production facilities, nontank vessels in state waters, and railroad ...


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