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Regulatory News EPA Reform of SPCC Rule Relieves Small Business Burdens by Kevin Bromberg, Assistant Chief Counsel The Environmental Protection Advocacy has worked with EPA The SPCC rule affects hundreds Agency (EPA) has now imple- and the affected trade associations of thousands of small businesses, mented its 2008 reforms of the to improve the SPCC rule, while including farmers, manufacturers, Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and still protecting the environment and oil and gas production facilities Countermeasure (SPCC) rule, con- The SPCC program is designed that store more than 1,320 gallons cluding an effort that the Office to prevent spills of oil into water- of oil at a given facility of Advocacy has been involved in ways, and to contain spills after EPA realized that its original rule since December 2002, when it held they occur Facilities subject to the put an unnecessary burden on firms the first roundtable on the rule program must develop spill preven- that did not contribute significantly EPA’s revisions streamline tion plans designed to prevent and to the oil spill problem EPA was reporting requirements in order minimize such discharges attempting to address The Novem- to increase overall compliance EPA’s amendments are designed ber 2009 revised rule contains Advocacy had encouraged EPA to increase overall compliance by many of the changes suggested by to listen to small businesses and small firms while reducing the the Office of Advocacy in Febru- include provisions that will benefit regulatory burden on facilities that ary 2006 comments to EPA The small business in the reformed rule handle small volumes of oil and compliance date has been set for After re-examining the December hav
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