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

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

Governing Law and Regulations

Used oil facilities: 6 Code of Colorado Regulations (CCR) 1007-3 Section 279.52

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Tank fund: 7 CCR 1101-14 Section 8-1

Regulatory Agencies

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS)

Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Minerals and Geology

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. The federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations apply to regulated facilities in Colorado. Colorado, in its state regulations, requires persons seeking reimbursement from the state's Petroleum Storage Tank Fund to develop, implement, and maintain proper SPCC plans. Colorado allows mining operations to use SPCC plans to meet mine-specific prevention plan requirements and used oil facilities to amend existing SPCC plans to incorporate state used oil management provisions.

See the national section SPILL PREVENTION - SPCC PLAN for more information concerning the federal SPCC program.

Administration and enforcement. EPA Region 8 is responsible for administering and enforcing the SPCC plan requirements in Colorado. During facility inspections, the OPS verifies that facilities have an SPCC plan signed by a professional engineer. DNR's Division of Minerals and Geology enforces requirements for mining in the state.

State Requirements


6 CCR 1007-3 Section 279.52

Owners and operators of used oil processing and re-refining facilities must comply with a number of requirements, including the spill contingency plan. If the owner or operator ...

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