The Agricultural Retailers Association reported that the Environmental Protection Agency is extending the effective date of the Dec. 5, 2008, Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) final rule by 60 days. The SPCC amendments are meant to encourage greater compliance with the SPCC regulations by clarifying regulatory requirements, tailoring requirements to particular industry sectors, and streamlining certain requirements for facility owners or operators subject to the rule.
On Jan. 20, EPA heads received a memo from the White House requesting regulatory review. The memo ordered heads of agencies to do three things: 1) Not send any proposed or final regulation to the Office of the Federal Register for publication until it has been reviewed and approved by a department or agency head appointed by President Obama, 2) Withdraw from the OFR all regulations that have not been published in the Federal Register, and 3) Consider extending for 60 days the effective date of regulations that have been published in the Federal Register but not yet taken effect, for the purpose of reviewing questions of law and policy raised by those regulations.
The SPCC amendments are part of the regulations which compliance date will be extended for regulatory review. The amendments will now become effective on April 4.
Owners or operators of facilities in operation before Aug. 16, 2002, must continue to maintain an SPCC plan in accordance with the SPCC regulations.
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