Petroleum Storage and Pollution Prevention
UW–Madison is committed to maintaining the highest standards for preventing discharges of petroleum products to the environment through the implementation of Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) plans for its facilities.
EH&S manages and coordinates periodic updates for the SPCC plans developed for campus, University Agricultural Research Stations, and other UW–Madison controlled facilities that exceed identified storage amounts. EH&S works directly with on-site personnel familiar with operations and maintenance associated with petroleum storage to maintain these standards. At each site covered under an SPCC plan, a Facility Emergency Coordinator and Alternate Emergency Coordinator have been designated to facilitate overall spill prevention and any needed emergency spill response.
Plans prepared for UW–Madison follow the Oil Pollution Act SPCC regulations issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA; 40 CFR 112). These regulations aim to prevent the discharge of oil in harmful quantities into or upon the navigable waters or adjoining shorelines of the United States. UW–Madison SPCC plans, as guided under these regulations, serve the function of being a reference for proper oil storage; a tool for spill prevention; a guide for facility inspections and tank testing; and a resource during emergency response to control, contain and clean up a petroleum release.