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.


*This SPCC Plan is redacted for site security purposes. An unredacted version of the SPCC Plan is maintained on site and is available upon request to the SPCC Plan Coordinator.

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 maintenance 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  


  • Gasoline
  • Animal-based Oils
  • Oil-based paint
  • Diesel Fuel
  • Vegetable oil
  • Oil-based thinners
  • Motor oil
  • Biofuel
  • Oil-based inks
  • Heating fuel


  • Oil-based solvents
  • Other oils and fuels


  • Tars and greases
  • Cleaners