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Environmental Health and Safety

SPCC (Spill Prevention and Countermeasures Control) Program

The Spill Prevention and Countermeasures Control (SPCC) Program strives to prevent oil from entering navigable waters through prevention, control and mitigation of oil spills.

This program applies to facilities that have fuel or oil storage greater than:

  • 1,320 gallons in above ground containers.
  • 42,000 gallons in underground containers. 

Each facility or area of the Columbia campus with this threshold level of storage is required to have a detailed plan that addresses operating procedures:

  1. to prevent oil spills.
  2. to control measures to prevent spills from entering navigable water.
  3. countermeasures to contain, clean up and mitigate the effects of an oil spill.


An SPCC plan must contain the following elements:

  • Description of the facility’s physical layout and diagram that indicates locations of oil storage and handling;
  • General facility description of oil storage and handling areas;
  • Discharge prevention measures for handling product;
  • Description of spills in the previous 12 months;
  • Analysis of potential spill scenarios;
  • Description of spill notification procedures and coordination with local authorities and spill response contractors;
  • Spill prevention plan with inspection and monitoring program, engineering controls, preventive maintenance and housekeeping procedures, formal spill response training, and security measures;
  • Documented review and update of procedures every 5 years;
  • Certification that an assessment has been completed and management approval.

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