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Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures

    Title:

    Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures

    Publication date:

    4/25/2013

    Effective date:

    4/25/2013

    BRIEF

    Policy Summary

    Berkeley Lab's Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan prevents petroleum and vegetable oil products from being released to storm drains and nearbcreeks by:

    • Providing standards for the use and storage of petroleum or vegetable oil products in drums or aboveground storage tanks (engine generators) that are 55 gallons or larger
    • Defining training requirements for employees involved in the maintenance of petroleum storage in drums and tanks
    • Defining inspection requirements and schedules for drum storage areas, aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), oil-filled electrical equipment, and rainwater disposal from secondary containment

    Who Should Read This Policy

    • All Berkeley Lab employees, visitors, affiliates, and subcontractors involved in the storage of petroleum and vegetable oil products, including temporary use of portable aboveground storage tanks 55 gallons or larger
    • All employees responsible for ordering fuel and responding to fuel spills

    To Read the Full Policy, Go To:

    The POLICY tab on this wiki page

    To Read the ES&H Program Details, Go To:

    http://www.lbl.gov/ehs/pub3000/CH56.html

    Contact Information

    Tanks, Petroleum Storage Subject Matter Expert
    Environmental Services Group
    EHSS Division

    Title:

    Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures

    Publication date:

    4/25/2013

    Effective date:

    4/25/2013

    POLICY

    A. Purpose

    The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan prevents petroleum and vegetable oil products from being released to storm drains and nearby creeks by:

    • Providing standards for the use and storage of petroleum or vegetable oil products in drums or aboveground storage tanks (engine generators) that are 55 gallons or larger
    • Defining training requirements for employees involved in the maintenance of petroleum storage in drums and tanks
    • Defining inspection requirements and schedules for drum storage areas, aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), oil-filled electrical equipment, and rainwater disposal from secondary containment

    B. Persons Affected

    • All Berkeley Lab employees, visitors, affiliates, and subcontractors involved in the storage of petroleum products and vegetable oil in tanks or drums 55 gallons or larger, including temporary use of portable aboveground storage tanks 55 gallons or larger
    • All employees responsible for ordering fuel and responding to fuel spills

    C. Exceptions

    Petroleum products and vegetable oil containers and drums smaller than 55 gallons

    D. Policy Statement

    1. Petroleum and vegetable oil product storage requirements are prescribed by federal and state regulations, which are driven by:
      1. The Clean Water Act
      2. The Petroleum Pollution Prevention Act (40 CFR 112)
      3. The California Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act
    2. Petroleum and vegetable oil products stored in drums or tanks 55 gallons and greater are governed by these requirements.
    3. The details of the petroleum storage requirements are described in the Berkeley Lab Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan (main site and the Joint Genome Institute), which is available on the EHSS Environmental Services Group Web site (also see Work Process A, General Requirements).

    E. Roles and Responsibilities

    Role Responsibilities

    Principal Investigators and Supervisors

    • Ensure that environmental laws, regulations, and policies are followed
    • Request assistance from the Environmental Services Group for technical advice on what spill prevention and spill control requirements apply to their operations and what would be an appropriate compliance strategy
    • Provide training for employees in operational requirements pertaining to spill prevention and spill control, and maintain records of such training (EHS0680, Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Training)
    • Ensure that activities are performed within acceptable operating standards and that any required records are current (training, AST inspections, rainwater disposal inspections)
    • Notify the EHSS Division immediately of any unplanned accidental releases
    • Prepare budget requests for and manage spill prevention upgrades and corrective actions for division projects

    Employees

    • Follow applicable environmental laws, regulations, and policies
    • Be fully aware of the environmental impact of their activities and comply with all requirements that govern those activities
    • Perform activities within acceptable operating standards and maintain current records whenever required
    • Take immediate action to stop unplanned releases to the environment and report all instances of unplanned environmental releases to the EHSS Division
    • Complete all required training provided by supervisors and the EHSS Division, including annual completion of EHS0680, Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Training)

    Environmental Services Group

    • Develops Berkeley Lab policies and procedures to ensure that operations are conducted in an environmentally safe manner and in full compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations
    • Assesses current and planned Berkeley Lab programs and assists in defining spill prevention and spill control compliance upgrades and corrective actions
    • Provides training, makes presentations, and participates in discussions regarding petroleum storage, spill prevention, and spill control matters with Berkeley Lab employees and regulatory agencies
    • Manages the recertification of the SPCC Plan every five years and SPCC Plan amendments prepared by a certified professional engineer
    • Curtails or suspends any operations that pose an immediate danger to members of the public or the environment
    • Investigates reports of unplanned environmental releases and notifies federal, state, and local authorities in a timely manner, as required
    • Coordinates and represents Berkeley Lab activities during environmental audits and inspections by regulatory agencies

    F. Definitions/Acronyms

    See the ES&H Manual Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Program for technical terms related to the details of this policy and its implementation.

    Term Definition

    AST

    Aboveground storage tank

    Pollution prevention

    Reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and re-using materials rather than putting them into the waste stream

    Spill prevention

    The reduction in risk of a petroleum spill from reaching storm drains and creeks by installing secondary containment, monitoring systems, spill kits, and other engineering controls

    Secondary containment

    Containment designed to hold the contents of the largest single tank or drum plus sufficient freeboard to allow for precipitation (4.78-inch freeboard)

    G. Recordkeeping Requirements

    • Rainwater disposal procedure and records are maintained by the Facilities Division
    • Aboveground storage tank inspection programs and records are maintained by the Facilities Division.
    • EHS0680, Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Training records are maintained by the EHSS Division.

    H. Implementing Documents

    Document number

    Title

    Type

    07.09.006.001

    Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Program

    Program

    07.09.006.002

    Work Process A, General Requirements

    Process

    N/A

    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC)

    Plan

    N/A

    Joint Genome Institute Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC)

    Plan

    I. Contact Information

    Tanks, Petroleum Storage Subject Matter Expert
    Environmental Services Group
    EHSS Division
    End Brief

    J. Revision History

    Date

    Revision

    By whom

    Revision Description

    Section(s) affected

    Change Type

    1/2/2012

    0

    R. Fox

    Reformat for wiki (brief)

    All

    Minor

    4/25/2013

    1

    R. Fox

    Reformat for wiki (policy)

    All

    Minor

    DOCUMENT INFORMATION

    Title:

    Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures

    Document number

    07.09.006.000

    Revision number

    1

    Publication date:

    4/25/2013

    Effective date:

    4/25/2013

    Next review date:

    4/25/2016

    Policy Area:

    Environmental Protection Program

    RPM Section (home)

    ESH

    RPM Section (cross-reference)

    none

    Functional Division

    EHSS

    Prior reference information (optional)

    PUB-3000 Sections 11.3.9 and 11.3.13 moved to Chapter 56

    Source Requirements Documents

    • 40 CFR 112, Oil Pollution Prevention
    • California Health and Safety Code 25270-25270.13, Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act

    Implementing Documents

    Document number

    Title

    Type

    07.09.006.001

    Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Program

    Program

    07.09.006.002

    Work Process A, General Requirements

    Process

    N/A

    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC)

    Plan

    N/A

    Joint Genome Institute Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC)

    Plan

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