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Major SPCC Violation

A fuel storage terminal in Guam will pay a six-figure, $150,000 civil penalty for failing to maintain a certified oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC Plan) as well as failure to implement a Facility Response Plan (FRP).

Any facility that contains and stores large volumes of oil must create, certify, and maintain a set plan in order to be prepared to prevent and control releases of oil into United States waters. The fuel terminal in Guam, home to above ground storage tanks capable of holding a maximum capacity of more than one million gallons of oil is well above the volume of oil that requires an SPCC plan, yet they didn’t have one.

If your facility has in excess of 1,320 gallons of oil it is required to have an SPCC plan. Part of this plan is the substantial harm criteria that must be filled out identifying whether your facility requires an FRP. Any facility with more than one million gallons of oil will almost certainly need an FRP.

It is of utmost importance that employers learn what is necessary to create, certify and implement a complete oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan., or SPCC Plan. An SPCC Plan is not something that is recommended, it is a requirement by law.

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