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How long does it take to get an SPCC plan?

by Dennis

Learn how long it takes to get an SPCC Plan for your facility.

We've prepared SPCC Plans for facilities all over the United States. From our point of view, many facilities should have one, but most operations aren't even aware of what they are.

There seems to be a fair amount of confusion around Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure plans. We hear things like how much do SPCC Plans cost or what are SPCC Plans? Strangely enough, one of the most common questions we ever hear regarding plans is how long does it take to get an SPCC Plan?

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Topics: SPCC Plans, Environmental Compliance

What is a SPCC plan?

by Dennis

We explain what a SPCC Plan is, and whether or not your facility may need one.

Whether you're in Juneau, Alaska or Baton Rouge, Louisiana, chances are you have some type of oil or petroleum product at your facility. Depending on what you do, the size of your facility, and the activities you perform there, you might have a little, or you might have a lot. When we visit a site, or talk to personnel on the phone, and learn they have a lot of oil or petroleum, we'll ask if they have an SPCC, or Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan, to which we usually hear:

…what's a SPCC Plan?

I hate to hear it! But, I understand why so many folks are in the dark about SPCC Plans (which I'll explain below). Honestly, I hear it a lot, and from everyone, including new hires and seasoned managers.

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Topics: SPCC Plans, Environmental Compliance

How much does a SPCC plan cost?

by Doug

We explain how much a SPCC Plan costs on average.

We get plenty of phone calls and emails with regards to SPCC Plans. Normally, it's a new or existing facility looking for one, so they can be in complete environmental compliance. Occasionally, it's an existing operation that's gotten in trouble and just found out they need one. Either way, a question that seems to be on everyone's mind is "how much?"

Making sure you don't get overcharged for any environmental compliance work is important, and here we set out to openly discuss the key factors that impact the average price of an SPCC Plan, regardless of who creates the plan for you.

In a world of tight budgets, understanding the cost or expected price of anything is necessary to factor into your operating expenses. Money is very important, and we understand you'll need to know at least a ballpark price of what you can expect to pay. Frankly, most people have no idea what one will cost, and getting a quick quote from a consultant can be like pulling teeth.

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Topics: SPCC Plans, Environmental Compliance

Are 55-gallon drums included in SPCC Plans?

by Doug

Learn whether 55-gallon drums are included in a SPCC Plan.

A question we see frequently is are 55-gallon drums included in an SPCC Plan? It's a simple enough question, with a simple enough answer. This is a vital thing to understand, because by having just two dozen 55-gallon drums of oil or petroleum product on-site, you meet the need for an SPCC Plan.

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Topics: SPCC Plans, Environmental Compliance, SPCC Training

SPCC Training vs Stormwater Training – What's the difference?

by Doug

Training on your environmental permits & approvals is often required to stay in compliance. Failure to train can cost you in fines, penalties, and violations, and endanger your employees because they won't understand what to do, how to act, or how to treat an emergency. Here we discuss why two key training areas often incorrectly get combined, and why you should never mistake these as the same thing.

One of my staff members just finished up an SPCC Training workshop recently. We had a large client in a room, and we went over, in detail, their SPCC Plan, what it is, why they need one, the works. At the end of the day, one of their guys thanked us for helping to kill two birds with one stone, and we really helped their staff a lot. Confused, my guy asked what he meant.

"Well we just got SPCC training. That covers stormwater training for our permit, right? We don't need to train again, do we?"

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Topics: SPCC Plans, Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, SPCC Training, Stormwater Training, Environmental Speaking & Training, Environmental Compliance Training

How much does basic environmental compliance cost?

by Doug

Getting your facility into compliance isn't just a good idea, it's required if you want to comply with environmental laws. Many people say it's too expensive to be in complete compliane with rules and regulations. Here we discuss why people should be concerned about how expensive it is to get caught out of compliance, and the true costs of complying with applicable regulations.

We get a lot of people contacting us asking "Do I have the right permits? How do I know? Where do I begin?"

Well, considering environmental regulations exist on the federal, state, sometimes county, and sometimes city level, it's somewhat of a nightmare for most people to figure out. So step one is get an environmental audit performed by a third party. They'll figure out what you have, what you need, and what course of action is right for you.

Ok, easy enough. How much? What's the cost of environmental compliance?

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Topics: SPCC Plans, Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, Environmental Audits, Environmental Management Systems

What Environmental Permits Does an Asphalt Plant Need?

by Doug

An asphalt plant, just like any other industrial facility, needs to comply with a wide variety of environmental regulatory requirements. Simply stated, your plant has several environmental permits to comply with. Here we discuss the 5 most common permits and approvals needed at any asphalt facility across the US.

We work with a lot of asphalt companies across the US. One primary service we do with the asphalt industry is conducting environmental audits of companies and individual facilities. An environmental audit is basically us coming in, reviewing your operation, checking which permits & approvals you have, finding out which ones you need to have, and then helping companies create an action plan to get into environmental compliance. Pretty straight forward.

It all usually starts when a prospective client working at an asphalt company or facility goes

"What environmental permits does as asphalt plant need?"

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Topics: SPCC Plans, TRI Reporting, Environmental Compliance, Stormwater Permits, Tier II Reporting

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