SPCC Compliance Deadline Expected to be extended in August


Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: US Environmental Protection Agency

At the end of June, EPA resubmitted a revised proposal to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend the November 10 compliance deadline for the submission for Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans.  This occurred after the agency had withdrawn and reassessed an earlier version which had been sent for pre-publication review in March.   The Office of Management and Budget (OMB)  indicates that a final rule is scheduled to be published in August.

The November 10 deadline itself was an extension from July 1, 2009, in the wake of the multiple SPCC rulemakings over the last couple of years. 

The Gulf oil spill may have influenced EPA’s decision to withdraw its first proposal earlier this year.  It is unclear what changes EPA made to this proposed compliance extension.  Conceivably, the agency could opt to stick with the November 10 deadline.  Or, perhaps more likely, the agency may still opt for an extension – but a shorter one than originally planned (perhaps until , January 14, 2011, for example – one year from the enactment of the latest SPCC rule.) 

The agency’s recently released draft strategic plan for fiscal years 20100 through 2015 also highlights EPA’s intention to review its rules and procedures for responding to oil spills on land and at “fixed facilities” that could discharge oil into U.S. waters.

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