May 6, 2021

An LGEAN and ELI Co-Sponsored Public Webinar

While oil discharges often elicit memories of the Deepwater Horizon oilrig explosion and oil tankers like the Exxon Valdez running aground, many oil discharges in fact originate with non-transportation, onshore facilities. These onshore non-transportation related facilities include but are not limited to, oil storage terminals, bulk plants, refineries oil production/exploration operations and facilities that are end users of oil. This includes facilities owned and operated by local and tribal governments. Oil discharges can originate with any facility where oil is stored—such as tribal or local government fueling areas for motor pools, police and fire stations, water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants, road maintenance facilities, sewer pump stations, and emergency generators.

The Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Rule, promulgated under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act or Clean Water Act (CWA), aims to prevent oil discharges from reaching navigable waters or adjoining shorelines. The SPCC Rule requires facilities that reach certain threshold storage requirements to develop and implement SPCC plans, among meeting other obligations. By complying with the SPCC Rule, local and tribal governments can help avoid oil discharges that can ultimately harm inland and coastal waters. Local and tribal environmental agencies are also key to monitoring private facilities for SPCC noncompliance in order to prevent the devastating consequences an oil discharge can have for both natural resources and affected communities.

Join the Environmental Law Institute, the Local Government Environmental Assistance Network, and the Environmental Protection Agency for this webinar overview of the SPCC Rule—focusing on local and tribal government responsibilities, as well as the role of both EPA and the states—and how local and tribal agency staff can effectively monitor facilities out in the field.

Registrants are encouraged to submit any questions, including technical queries from their own localities, in advance of the event using the GoToWebinar Registration page.

Panelists:
Cynthia R. Harris, Deputy Director, Center for State, Tribal, and Local Environmental Programs, Environmental Law Institute, Moderator
Kelly Brantner, Attorney, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, U.S. EPA
Mark Howard, SPCC National Program Manager and Senior Advisor, U.S. EPA

Materials:
Materials, links, and a recording will be posted to the LGEAN Webinars page.