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Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act - Cal/EPA
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California state law (the Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act - APSA) defines a "Tank Facility" as a facility that stores 1,320 gallons or more of petroleum in aboveground storage tanks (including drums 55-gallons in size and greater). The Hazardous Materials Division (HMD) of the Department of Environmental Health is the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) in the County of San Diego. The HMD, as the CUPA regulates businesses storing petroleum in aboveground containers and tanks. Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans are required for Tank Facilities. Large Tank Facilities (storing more than 10,000 gallons) must use a Professional Engineer to certify the SPCC Plan. Here is an example of an SPCC Plan for a typical Large Facility.

Qualified Facilities

Tank Facilities storing ≥1,320 gallons and ≤10,000 gallons (shell capacity) of oil* and with no or limited oil releases are "Qualified Facilities". Qualified Facilities may use ready made "templates" to develop their SPCC Plan and may self-certify their SPCC Plan. The APSA Brochure (in color or black & white) provides some explanation in a simplified format. Always refer to applicable laws and regulations when deciding which type of SPCC plan to use and when to self-certify.

 
Tier I Qualified Facilities are those:
  1. with no more than 10,000 gallons of oil*, and
  2. with no single container or tank exceeding 5,000 gallons, and
  3. which has had no single discharge to navigable waters or adjoining shorelines exceeding 1,000 gallons and no two discharges each exceeding 42 gallons within any 12 month period in the prior 3 years
Tier I facilities may self-certify their SPCC plan and may use the US EPA SPCC template for Tier I facilities. U.S. EPA SPCC Plan Template - Tier I Qualified Facilities
 
On-line Course -  How to Prepare Your Own SPCC Plan:  A Step by Step Guide for Tier I Qualified Facilities Using the U.S. EPA SPCC Template
 
Tier II Qualified Facilities are those:
  1. with no more than 10,000 gallons of oil*, and
  2. a single container or tank exceeding 5,000 gallons, and
  3. which has had no single discharge to navigable waters or adjoining shorelines exceeding 1,000 gallons and no two discharges each exceeding 42 gallons within any 12 month period in the prior 3 years.
Tier II facilities may self-certify their SPCC plan. The following template meets the requirements for Tier II facility SPCC plans. SPCC Plan Template - Tier II Qualified Facilities
 
*Note: Oil is not limited to petroleum or petroleum distillates but can also mean other non-petroleum oils such as vegetable oil.

Other APSA Documents:
APSA Facility Statement HM-9501 WORDPDF
County of San Diego APSA Violation Checklist HM-950 PDF
 
Presentations from 08/09 APSA Workshops:
APSA and You PDF | PowerPoint
SPCC and You PDFPowerPoint
US EPA SPCC Presentation PDFPowerPoint
 
Hazardous Materials Forms
 
Spills & ReleasesHMD PublicationsHMD Topics