Latest News

EPA Proposes One Year Compliance Date Extension on Spill Prevention Rule for Metal And Other Manufacturing

Aug 03, 2010
Our metal manufacturing shops are among the types of facilities eligible for the proposed one year extension.

EPA is currently proposing to:

  • Extend the date by which the owners or operators of certain facilities must prepare or amend and implement an SPCC plan by one year to November 10, 2011;
  • Delay the compliance date for facilities with milk containers that are constructed according to the current applicable 3-A sanitary standards:
  • Maintain the current November 10, 2010 compliance date for drilling, production and workover facilities that are offshore or that have an offshore component, and for onshore facilities required to have and submit FRPs;
  • Reconcile the proposed compliance dates for new production facilities.

The proposed amendments do not remove the regulatory requirement for owners or operators of facilities in operation before August 16, 2002 (other than facilities with milk containers described above), to maintain and continue implementing an SPCC plan in accordance with the SPCC regulations then in effect.

Our metal manufacturing shops are among the types of facilities eligible for the proposed one year extension.

EPA is seeking comment on whether a shorter extension period (6 to 9 months) is warranted for facilities rather than the proposed one year extension. In considering a shorter compliance extension period, we request comments on the criteria to consider, such as discharge history, size and type of facility, potential risk posed, and ability to come into compliance.

If you think that you will need more than 6 to 9 months to get your plan done and signed by a Professional Engineer, we suggest that perhaps you might want to share your comment to that effect with EPA.

To comment on the proposed amendments, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions to comment on Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OPA-2009-0880. Any alternative dates presented must include appropriate rationale and supporting data for the Agency to be able to consider them for final action.

The public has the opportunity to comment on the proposed rule during a 15-day period following its publication in the Federal Register.

Clock starts ticking today.

Contact Information