SPCC Requirements and Introduction

What is an SPCC Plan?

SPCC plans are written documents that describe the steps that Rutgers University must take to prevent oil spills and to minimize the risk of harm to surface waters in the event of a release or oil spill. SPCC Plans are a requirement of the Federal Oil Pollution Prevention Regulation found in Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 112.

SPCC Plans are required for facilities that manage oil in quantities as described below and from which an oil spill could reach navigable waters. (The term "Oil", includes; petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, kerosene, heating oil, motor oil both used and new, hydraulic oil and cooking oils.) 

An SPCC Plan is required for a facility where:

  1. The total underground buried storage capacity of the facility is 42,000 gallons or more of oil, or
  2. the total above ground storage capacity is 1,320 gallons or more of oil, and
  3. due to the facilities location, the facility could reasonably be expected to discharge oil into a navigable water way.

The Plan must:

  • Be kept on site.
  • Be certified by a Registered Professional Engineer.
  • Have full management approval, signature required.

And, must discuss:

  • Spill history of the facility
  • Spill Scenarios
  • Spill Containment
  • Facility Drainage
  • Location of Nearest Navigable Water
  • Bulk Storage Tanks
  • Facility loading and unloading operations
  • Loading and unloading areas
  • Inspections and Record Keeping Requirements
  • Security
  • Personal Training
  • Spill response Procedures

Off Campus:

Rutgers University – Camden:

Rutgers University – Newark:

Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences @ Newark:

Rutgers University – New Brunswick:


James Simoni
(848) 445-2550