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5-Year SPCC Re-certification

The 5-Year Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan Re-certification task is part of the Aboveground Petroleum Storage compliance program.

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SPCCs need to be re-certified every 5-years to maintain compliance with the Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA). This Complyrpedia article summarizes the task.

Even if there have been no changes at a facility, the SPCC must be re-certified every five years. Sites that are tier-eligible can be re-certified by the owner or operator. For a site that is required to have its SPCC approved by a Professional Engineer (PE), in most cases, it must be re-certified by a PE. If the changes are only administrative, a PE certification is not required. The 5-year SPCC re-certification does not need to be submitted on CERS or to your local UPA. It does need to be kept with the at the facility as part of the SPCC.

5-year SPCC re-certification reviews should include:

  • Changes to tanks.
  • Changes of tank contents.
  • Changes in tank piping.
  • Changes in loading/unloading procedures for tanks or delivery vehicles.
  • Replacement of tanks.
  • Removal of tanks.
  • Moving tanks.
  • Change of facility security protocols.
  • Changes in the drainage design of a facility, including the addition or removal of pavement.

Additional resources

40 CFR, Part 112
EPA: SPCC Guidance for Regional Inspectors
John K. Carroll III, LinkedIn: What is an SPCC Plan 5 Year Review?

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