Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure- NIU - Environmental Health and Safety

Environmental Health and Safety

Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Oil Pollution Prevention Regulation was published under the authority of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (Clean Water Act). The regulation is identified as Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 112 (40 CFR 112). It requires that facilities subject to the regulation prepare and implement a plan to prevent any discharge of oil or oil products into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines of the United States. The plan is referred to as a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan.

Northern Illinois University is subject to the SPCC regulations because the university stores more than 1,320 gallons of petroleum products on campus, including gasoline, diesel fuel, motor oils, hydraulic oil, oil-based coolants and cooking oil. There is also a reasonable potential at certain campus locations for oil to spill to Watson Creek or to the Kishwaukee River, either directly or through campus storm sewers.

The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Department has developed the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan to establish procedures and guidelines to prevent oil discharges. The SPCC Plan describes measures implemented by NIU to ensure the safe handling and storage of oil, to prevent oil discharges from occurring and to prepare the university to respond in a safe, effective and timely manner to mitigate the impacts of any oil discharge that may occur.

In the event of a fuel (gasoline or diesel) or oil spill, contact the NIU Police at 753-1212 and the EHS Department at 753-0404.