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

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

Governing Law and Regulations

Virginia contingency plan requirements: Virginia Code Annotated 62.1-44.34:15

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Oil discharge contingency plan (ODCP)s for aboveground storage tanks (ASTs):

Applicability: 9 VAC 25-91-20

Plan contents: 9 VAC 25-91-170

Oil tank vessels: 9 VAC 25-101-20 and 9 VAC 25-101-40

Regulatory Agencies

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Office of Spill Response and Remediation

State Water Control Board (SWCB)

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

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) plan requirements apply to sites in Virginia. Virginia requires an oil discharge contingency plan (ODCP) for aboveground storage tank (AST) facilities similar to that required under the federal SPCC plan. However, the ODCP requires more information about responding to a release and application fees for plan approval. See the national section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for more information on the federal requirements.

A Facility Response Plan (FRP) developed under the federal Oil Pollution Act of 1990 may be accepted as meeting the requirements of ODCP. In Virginia the operator must submit a copy of the FRP and a copy of the currently valid FRP approval letter for the facility for review and approval by the SWCB. See the national section OIL SPILLS for more information regarding the FRP requirements.

Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Office of Spill Response and Remediation administers and enforces the state's ODCP requirements in Virginia. EPA Region 3 has primary responsibility for ...


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