North Carolina Spill Prevention (SPCC Plan) regulations & environmental compliance analysis

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

Governing Law and Regulations

Oil spill contingency plan: General Statutes of North Carolina (N.C. Gen. Stat.) 143-215.94HH

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Major energy facilities: 15A NCAC 07M.0403

Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. North Carolina has no state requirements beyond the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan standards. However, although not a spill prevention plan, the state requires that the state Emergency Response Commission prepare an oil spill contingency plan related to undersea exploration off the North Carolina coast.

Administration and enforcement. EPA Region 4 works with DENR and is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the federal SPCC plan requirements. DENR is also responsible for administering and enforcing rules related to major energy facilities operating in state coastal areas.

State Requirements

While these state requirements are for spill planning, they are related, but not specific to, SPCC plan requirements.


N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-215.94HH

The state Emergency Response Commission is required to develop a state oil spill contingency plan relating solely to the undersea exploration, extraction, production, and transport of oil or natural gas in the marine environment off the North Carolina coast, including any such development on the Outer Continental Shelf seaward of the state's jurisdiction over its territorial waters. For additional information, see the state section OIL SPILLS

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