The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delayed the effective date for the December 2008 final rule that amends the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations. The amendments will now become effective on January 14, 2010. The December 2008 amendments to the SPCC rule clarified regulatory requirements, tailored requirements to particular industry sectors, and streamlined certain requirements for facility owners or operators subject to the rule. The EPA is also requesting public comment on whether the delay of the effective date may be warranted. More information on SPCC rule can be obtained from http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/spcc/index.htm.
Project Compliance Specialist Jessica Myer, CHMM, is an environmental manager