How to Avoid the Hefty Fines Of SPCC Non-Compliance

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12 Jun How to Avoid the Hefty Fines Of SPCC Non-Compliance


There’s a lot of confusion that surrounds the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule enacted by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the result for some businesses can be non-compliance and costly fines.

A lot of our clients have questions about SPCC, so we’ve compiled answers to some of the most-asked questions we receive regularly when it comes to compliance.

Who is required by law to have an SPCC plan in place?

Any business that has oil-filled equipment with an aggregate aboveground storage capacity of 1,320 gallons of oil or more per location requires an SPCC plan. This includes equipment like transformers, regardless of whether the equipment is full or nearly empty.

What are the fines for non-compliance with SPCC?

Fines can start at $1,000 for not having an SPCC plan in place, not including the possible fines you could face from 68 other categories. Fines are normally assessed in proportion to the size of the facility — the bigger your facility, the bigger the fine you could face.

What is considered “oil”?

In regards to SPCC regulation, “oil” relates to oil in any form, including:

  • Crude oil
  • Refined petroleum products (gasoline & diesel fuel)
  • Sludge
  • Waste oil
  • Oil emulsions
  • Lube oils
  • Grease
  • Fats, oils or greases from animal, fish, or marine mammal origin
  • Vegetable oils, including oils from seeds, nuts, fruits, or kernels
  • Other oils and greases, including synthetic oils and mineral oils

Is a secondary containment solution necessary for my oil-filled equipment?

Absolutely! The secondary containment must hold the contents of the largest container plus freeboard for precipitation if outdoors. Double-walled storage tanks do not need additional containment.

The Solution: SorbWeb Plus Secondary Containment Solution

Luckily, there’s a cost-effective secondary containment solution that will help you achieve compliance — it’s also maintenance-free.

SorbWeb Plus is an engineered multi-layered passive secondary oil containment system designed to capture and contain oil releases and spills.

At the heart of the system is a “Smart Fabric” that consists of two designed Geotextiles interlocked with a co-polymer for form a continuous mat. While the system is not activated, it allows water to move freely through its smart barrier.

When the “smart fabric” comes in contact with oil, it undergoes a chemical reaction that causes it to congeal and form a seal, preventing oil from escaping the system.

SorbWeb Plus has a multitude of applications and can be adapted to fit most oil-filled equipment. Although the technology is fairly new, the system is well liked by many industries for its flexibility, innovation and cost effectiveness and is now regularly supplied to the energy, oil, pipelines, mining, nuclear power plants, above ground storage facilities and transmission and distribution stations including those localized to industrial manufacturing facilities.

The system can be installed with no interruption to the power source and meets or exceeds industry standards for oil containment.

Learn more about the SorbWeb Plus Secondary Containment Solution

Contact us or request a quote today.

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