Environmental Compliance



UCSB SPCC Inspection Checklist

EPA SPCC Rule Website

Storage Tanks

U.S. EPA  Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) Rule

The Storage and management of oil products is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   The EPA developed the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) Rule to prevent, prepare for, and respond to oil spills.  UCSB is subject to the SPCC rule, as it has more than 1,320 gallons of oil storage.

Summary of Requirements

  • Subject facilities must maintain and up-to-date SPCC Plan
  • An inventory must be kept of any oil storage containers that are 55 gallons or larger
  • All storage containers greater than or equal to 55 gallons capacity must have sized secondary containment
  • All departments responsible for oil storage need to be equipped and able to respond to a small spill
  • At a minimum, spill kits must be available during product transfer
  • Monthly inspections of systems and equipment must be conducted
  • All employees that maintenane oil containing equipment and/or handle oil, must be trained yearly  regarding SPCC requirements
  • All inspections and trainings must be documented, and records retained for three years

Types of Oils Covered by the SPCC Plan

Petroleum Non-petroleum Oil products
  • Gasoline
  • Diesel fuel
  • Motor oil
  • Heating fuel
  • Other oils and fuels
  • Cleaners
  • Animal-based oils
  • Vegetable oil
  • Biofuel
  • Oil-based paint
  • Oil-based thinners
  • Oil-based inks
  • Oil-based solvents
  • Tars and greases