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

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State oil pollution prevention requirements: Alaska Statutes (AS) 46.04.010 to 46.04.900 and 18 Alaska Administrative Code (AAC) 75.005 to 75.085

Oil discharge prevention and contingency plans and nontank vessel plans: AS 46.04.030, AS 46.04.055, AS 46.04.200 to 46.04.900 and 18 AAC 75.400 to 75.496

Applicability: AS 46.04.030, AS 46.04.055, 18 AAC 75.400

Applications: 18 AAC 75.400 to 75.421

Plan contents: 18 AAC 75.425 and 18 AAC 75.426

Verification log: 18 AAC 75.465

Financial responsibility: AS 46.04.040 to 46.04.047 and 18 AAC 75.205 to 75.290

Regulatory Agency

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Spill Prevention and Response (SPAR) Prevention Preparedness and Response Program (PPR)

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. The federal Spill, Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan rules are in effect in Alaska. At the discretion of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), SPCC plans may be required for oil exploration and production facilities. Local coordinators may request additional content for a particular site or request that a SPCC Plan be prepared.

In addition, Alaska administers a state spill prevention, preparedness, and response program. A state contingency plan is required for facilities meeting certain criteria. Some facilities may be required to prepare both a federal SPCC Plan and a state contingency plan. However, one plan may be developed and submitted that meets the requirements of both state and federal regulatory agencies.

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