The USEPA requires a spill prevention control and countermeasure (SPCC) plan whenever there is
• A total aboveground storage capacity of 1,320 gallons; or
• More than 42,000 gallons of under-ground storage capacity
of oil or petroleum products.
These quantities are easily reached if you have a 24 hour supply of diesel fuel for even a moderately sized (~1 MW capacity) standby generator . Remember when assessing the 1,320 gallons, it isn’t just the diesel fuel, but it also includes the engine lubricating oil. If you have a prime power or co-generation application which isn’t fuel by diesel fuel, you still need to consider the oil in turbine lube oil reservoirs, as well as the aggregate amounts if you have multiple reciprocating engines.
In addition to having an SPCC plan you must:
• Deploy spill abatement materials,
• Post fueling instructions,
• Routinely train fuel delivery personnel,
• Routinely train personnel responsible for mitigating spills,
• Promptly report spills and
• Maintain records associated with any spills and abatement efforts
SPPC plans must be updated if changes to the amount of onsite storage of oil and petroleum products change, pathways to navigable waterways change, as well as every 5 years as a minimum. The original SPCC plans and any changes must be approved by a qualified engineer with a professional engineer’s license (PE stamp).
Contact IEA and one of our experts and assist you with preparation of an SPCC plan and its implementation.