Environmental Protection

EPA Sets 2009 SPCC Amendments Webcast for Dec. 9

The Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule (Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Part 112) has been a controversial regulation, the focus of significant public comment, and the subject of extensions to the compliance date and several regulatory amendments.

In 2008, EPA published revisions to the SPCC rule and then delayed the effective date to open it up for public comment, following guidance from the White House. EPA plans to publish a final rule this month that addresses the comments. These SPCC rule amendments are designed to increase clarity, tailor requirements to particular industry sectors, and streamline certain other requirements. The regulatory changes will alter both the type and content of SPCC plans and what On-Scene Coordinators will see in the field during SPCC inspections.

The agency is planning an Internet seminar on the SPCC Rule Amendments from 1 to 3 p.m. EST and 6 to 8 p.m. GMT on Dec. 9 to introduce the rule and help participants:

  • Learn what provisions were modified or added to the SPCC rule in 2008 and 2009, and why.
  • Understand how these changes may affect the regulated community and the implications of extensions to the compliance date on enforcement.
  • Learn what outreach materials are available for the regulated community.
For additional questions about the content, call Jodi McCarty at 312.201.7771.

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