Fuel-spill Containment Rules Eased

 - January 9, 2007, 5:05 AM

The deadline has been extended to October next year for FBOs and others who operate fueling facilities and fueling trucks to meet new spill prevention, control and containment (SPCC) rules. The former deadline was April 18 this year. Under the new requirements, a facility must make any necessary amendments to its SPCC plan, and implement it, on or before Oct. 31, 2007. The new requirement responds to one of two proposals to ease SPCC requirements issued late last year. The jury is still out on the second proposal, under which fuel suppliers would no longer be required to have “sized secondary containment,” removing the mandate that trucks must be parked in special containment or “bermed” areas when not in service. This proposal would also allow facilities that store less than 10,000 gallons of oil to “self certify” their SPCC implementation plans, rather than using the services of professional engineers.