Water Issues

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 Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC)

The original SPCC regulations became effective on January 10, 1974, under the Clean Water Act. The rule applies to owners or operators of facilities that store or use oil and oil products and who could discharge oil in amounts that may harm navigable waters or adjoining shorelines.

Most Recent Status
In November 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the latest round of SPCC amendments, which tweaked amendments previously published in December 2008. SOCMA submitted comments again in March 2009 and August 2010 supporting the latest amendments and agency’s latest proposed extension for the submission of SPCC plans.

In the wake of these amendments, SOCMA hired Dixon Environmental to update its Model SPCC Plan Template in the fall of 2011. The template is now available for purchase and can be found here

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Subpart YYY (Proposed Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources: Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions from the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturing Industry (SOCMI) Wastewater)

Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA is required to establish New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) (emission levels) for process units that are new or modified. EPA sought to develop NSPS for wastewater generated from process units that produce Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturing Industry (SOCMI) products. The EPA proposed a rule in September 1994 on which SOCMA submitted comment. In June 1996, the EPA asked SOCMA to participate in a workgroup to discuss and come to a consensus on certain issues related to the proposed rule.

EPA was scheduled to publish a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking in April 1998 and have the final regulation in place in 2000; the proposal was issued in October 1998. SOCMA was very concerned about the proposal and developed comments that urged EPA to further define applicability to avoid confusion within our membership. The proposal was not finalized; SOCMA succeeded in delaying the rule in order for EPA to hear more of our concerns. SOCMA also convinced EPA to pursue a Potential to Emit (PTE) approach to calculate emissions for batch processors. In August 2007, EPA indicated that a Performance Tool for YYY is in development. That tool has not been finalized.


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