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

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

Governing Law and Regulations

Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA), California Health and Safety Code (CH & SC) 25270.1 to 25270.13

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Exemption requirements: CH & SC 25270.4.5

Inspections: CH & SC 25270.5

Tank facility statement: CH & SC 25270.6

Tank vessels and marine facilities: 14 California Code of Regulations (CCR) 815.01 to 816.06

Plan submittal: 14 CCR 816.01

Plan format: 14 CCR 816.02

Plan review and approval: 14 CCR 816.03

Plan implementation and updates: 14 CCR 816.04 and 14 CCR 816.05

Nontank vessels: 14 CCR 825.01 to 827.02

Plan contents: 14 CCR 826.02

Plan review and approval: 14 CCR 826.03

Plan updates: 14 CCR 826.05

Inland facilities: 14 CCR 817.04

Plan contents: 14 CCR 817.04(h) to 817.04(t)

Plan submittal and review: 14 CCR 817.04(e) and 14 CCR 817.04(f)

Plan updates: 14 CCR 817.04(u)


Marine facilities: 14 CCR 817.02(j)

Tank vessels: 14 CCR 818.02(k)

Inland facilities: 14 CCR 817.04(s)

Regulatory Agencies

California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)

Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9

California Regional Water Quality Control Boards (RWQCBs)

California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. California generally follows the federal regulations for spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) plans, with some additional requirements for aboveground petroleum storage tanks. California has also established state oil spill contingency plan requirements for tank vessels, marine facilities, and nontank vessels. See ...

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