The EPA recently has added new links to their Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule site, www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/spcc/spcc_ag.htmsite.

An extensive slide set designed for “Train the Trainer” applications is one of the new additions. This page is dedicated to helping farms and gins prevent oil spills, as well as control a spill should one occur. Many features of the new page make the new site very helpful and informative.

Also of note is the ability of Tier II qualified facilities to self-certify.  Tier I and II qualified facilities have more than 1,320 gallons of above ground storage and 10,000 gallons of maximum storage capacity. If a facility in this gallon range contains any individual above ground container larger than 5,000 gallons, the facility is classified as Tier II.

On Oct. 7, 2010, the EPA extended by 12 months (to Nov. 10, 2011) the date for owners of a SPCC-regulated facility or farm to prepare or amend and implement a SPCC Plan. Another extension is not likely. Currently, farms or gins in operation on or before Aug. 16, 2002 must maintain or amend their existing plan by the amended date of Nov. 10, 2011. Farms or gins in operation after Aug. 16, 2002, but before Nov. 10, 2011, must prepare and use a plan on or before the amended date of Nov. 10, 2011.

Details concerning the SPCC Program have been summarized by the NCC’s Technical Services staff and are available on the NCC’s website at http://www.cotton.org/tech/safety/oilsp.cfm.