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

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

Governing Law and Regulations

Pennsylvania Storage Tank and Spill Prevention Act, 35 Pennsylvania Statutes (Pa. Stat.) 6021.101 to 6021.2104

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State spill prevention response plans (SPRPs): 35 Pa. Stat. 6021.901 to 6021.904

Aboveground storage tank (AST) definition: 35 Pa. Stat. 6021.103

Plan contents: 35 Pa Stat. 6021.902

Modifications: 35 Pa. Stat. 6021.901

Annual notices: 35 Pa. Stat. 6021.903

Spill notification: 35 Pa. Stat. 6021.904

Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Pennsylvania has established state spill prevention response plan (SPRP) requirements in addition to the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations. The SPRP applies to all aboveground facilities containing regulated substances, including petroleum products, with a capacity of more than 21,000 gallons (gal). Compliance is required with both the federal SPCC plan and the state SPRP.

Administration and enforcement. The EPA has primary responsibility for enforcing and administering the federal SPCC planning requirements in Pennsylvania. The DEP is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's SPRP requirements.

State Requirements


35 Pa. Stat. 6021.901 to 6021.904

In Pennsylvania, each owner of an AST or AST facility must submit a plan to the DEP that is site-specific and developed in consultation with county and municipal emergency management agencies. The requirements apply to AST facilities with a capacity of more than 21,000 gal.

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