In July 2002, EPA published a new Spill Prevention Control and Counter-measure (SPCC) rule that incorporates revisions proposed in 1991, 1993 and 1997. A facility that meets the inclusion criteria must comply with the new rule by February 17, 2003 and implement it by August 18, 2003.
The SPCC changes are expected to reduce the regulatory burden by approximately 40% and reduce the number of facilities regulated by about 55,000. The changes will eliminate duplicate regulation, exempt certain small facilities, exempt most wastewater treatment facilities and require consideration of industry standards in prevention plans. The final rule also allows an owner or operator to substitute a required measure for another providing equivalent environmental protection, with the exception of secondary containment requirements.