EPA has signed a final rule extending to November 10, 2011, the compliance date for certain facilities subject to recent amendments to the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure rule. Facilities not eligible for the extension include drilling, production or workover facilities that are offshore or that have an offshore component, or onshore facilities required to have and submit facility response plans, due to the threats of significant oil spills to navigable waters or adjoining shorelines these facilities could present. These facilities must comply by November 10, 2010.

The one-year extension applies to “onshore oil production, farms, electric utility plants, petroleum refining and related industries, chemical manufacturing, food manufacturing, manufacturing facilities using and storing animal fats and vegetable oils, metal manufacturing, other manufacturing, real estate rental and leasing, retail trade, contract construction, wholesale trade, other commercial, transportation, arts entertainment and recreation, other services, petroleum bulk stations and terminals, education, hospitals and other health care, accommodation and food services, fuel oil dealers, gasoline stations, information finance and insurance, mining, warehousing and storage, religious organizations, military installations, and government” facilities. The rule will be published in the Federal Register. See EPA Press Release, October 8, 2010.