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Thursday, 16 April, 2009

Second SPCC Rule Date Extension

Regulatory Update
Environmental Protection Agency
Second SPCC Rule Date Extension – April 2009

On April 1, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it will delay, for the second time, the effective date of the final rule that amends the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2008.  The amendments will now become effective on January 14, 2010.  In addition to delaying the effective date, the EPA is requesting public comment on whether a further delay of the effective date may be warranted. Comments must be received on or before May 1, 2009.

The rules published on December 5, 2008, included several items affecting aviation that follow.

  • A new definition of “facility”
  • A new definition of “loading/unloading racks”
  • Provision of a new streamlined approach for smaller facilities
  • Amendment of the facility diagram requirement
  • Amendment of the integrity testing requirement

The NATA published a thorough discussion of the December 2008 rules, and it is available by clicking the link below.

December 2008 SPCC Regulatory Report

This extension does not affect the compliance date, July 1, 2009, of the final SPCC rules published December 2006. Any facility that commenced operation on or after August 16, 2002, must still have developed and implemented a compliant SPCC plan prior to July 1, 2009.

The NATA will continue to provide detailed information to its members regarding new EPA rules and regulations.

Questions and comments can be directed to Mike France at:

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