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Program Description

The Storage and management of oil products is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA developed the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) Rule to prevent, prepare for, and respond to oil spills. In California, facilities storing petroleum products in aggregate storage capacities equal to or greater than 1,320 gallons are subject to the SPCC rule and the Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) regulations. UC Merced is subject to the SPCC rule and APSA regulations, as it has more than 1,320 gallons of petroleum products stored in aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) with a capacity of 55 gallons or more. ASTs are managed in accordance with UC Merced’s SPCC plan to prevent spills and promptly respond to accidental releases.

Please contact the EH&S Environmental Programs Manager to review the UC Merced’s Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan and obtain more information on the training, inspection, operation, maintenance, and emergency preparedness required for ASTs.

SPCC Plan Overview

Spills of any type of oil may cause harm to the environment. UC Merced has a campus-specific SPCC Plan to prevent or reduce the discharge of oil into navigable waters.

The campus SPCC plan identifies management measures that must be implemented wherever oil and oil-based products are used or stored to prevent spills and promptly respond to accidental releases.

Report Oil Spills

Report any oil spill that cannot be completely contained and cleaned up, regardless of amount, if it discharges into a storm drain, canals, ponds, lakes, or any outdoor soil or paved surface by contacting the EH&S Environmental Programs Manager.


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