The EPA recently finalized amendments to the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule to clarify some requirements, and to streamline and tailor other requirements for specific industry sectors and facility owners and operators. One of the purposes of these amendments is to increase compliance and decrease regulatory burdens by firms and facilities that handle small volumes of oil and have no history of reportable discharges. Among other things, the amended SPCC rule exempts from SPCC requirements certain facilities, such as hot-mix asphalt containers, residential heating containers, pesticide application equipment, and produced water containers that do not contain oil in harmful quantities. In addition, the EPA revised the definitions of key terms such as ``facility`` and ``loading/unloading rack`` in an attempt to clarify the applicability of SPCC requirements. The final rule becomes effective Feb. 3, 2009. In addition to amending the SPCC rules, the EPA also officially amended the SPCC definition of ``navigable water`` by reverting back to the 1973 definition. It did this because of an earlier court case this year (American Petroleum Institute v. Johnson) that found the EPA`s basis for its 2002 expansive SPCC definition unsupportable, after which it vacated the 2002 definition and restored the 1973 definition.

See link to the EPA regulation.