Reporting a Spill
By law, any oil or fuel spill that leaves a sheen on the water must
be reported to the
Coast Guard National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802
a small spill can quickly result in a large sheen when combined with
wind and wave action. Legally, you are required to report
all spills, regardless of amount. Civil penalties can be imposed
against anyone failing to report a spill.
you have spilled or discharged a petroleum product:
- Identify and stop the source of the leak
- Notify the marina management
- Call the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802
- Contain spill with oil absorbent pads or booms
- Properly dispose of used or saturated absorbents
penalties can be imposed against anyone for failing to report a spill.
When reporting a spill, be prepared to give the following information:
- Location of the incident
- Cause or source of spill
- The type of fuel spilled
- The amount of fuel spilled
- Level of danger or threat
- Weather conditions at location
It is against the law to use detergents, soaps, emulsifying agents
or other chemicals to disperse a spill or sheen on the water. These products
cause the petroleum to sink, bringing more harm to the environment. They
can also permanently pollute bottom sediments which can make future dredging
projects difficult. Anyone who deliberately applies soap to disperse
or hide a sheen is subject to criminal penalties including hefty fines.
Spill Response Plans
you know many marinas need a federal Spill Prevention, Control and
Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan – a plan that describes measures
you have taken to prevent, contain, and clean up petroleum spills?
EPA requires marinas to prepare and implement a SPCC plan if the facility
- An aggregate aboveground storage capacity greater than 1,320 gallons, or one container greater than 660 gallons (containers of less than
55 gallons and/or permanently closed storage tanks are exempt from
the total) or
- A total underground storage capacity greater than 42,000 gallons
(except for permanently closed storage tanks)
included in an SPCC Plan?
The SPCC contains information about the facility, the petroleum storage
containment, inspections, and site diagram with locations of tanks (above
and below ground), drainage and other important details. This can be
drafted by the marina operator, but it must be checked and certified
by a professional engineer.
certified, review this document with your staff and use it for training.
Make a copy of the plan and post it in plain view at your oil and fuel
storage location. Make the plan accessible by making several copies
and keep one with each of the key offices at your marina. It is also
a good idea to share your SPCC emergency response plan with your local
fire department and harbor master.
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For more information on additional regulations regarding an EPA SPCC
plan, check out http://www.epa.gov/oilspill/spcc.htm and http://www.epa.gov/Arkansas/6sf/sfsites/oil/samppln.htm for
a sample plan.
if you aren’t
required to have an SPCC Plan by law, we recommend developing a plan
to respond to spills at your facility both large and small. The plan
should include step-by-step procedures and emergency contact numbers.
It should be written down, stored in an accessible location. Be sure
to include employee training and practice drills to make sure the plan
Community Right to Know
The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) is a
federal law enforced by EPA and managed by state and local authorities.
EPCRA requires marinas to report the storage of gasoline, diesel fuel,
propane, fuel oil, and some other chemicals over certain thresholds.
This information is used by the public emergency planners, and first
responders to determine chemical hazards in their community. For more
information on your responsibilities under this law see http://yosemite.epa.gov/oswer/ceppoweb.nsf/content/faqs.htm
Other Legal Requirements
state may require additional reporting and permitting to safely distribute
fuel. Be sure you have checked with your local state laws to determine
if you need additional air, storm water and petroleum tank permits.
It is also a good idea to have a plan to handle unforeseen acts of
nature, deliberate acts of terrorism, or a large scale spill.
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