SPCC Compliance Manager™

Learn How To Best Meet Your Facility’s SPCC Plan Requirements!

Facilities subject to spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) regulations must develop and effectively implement SPCC plans. With regulations changing regularly, agency interpretations and guidance emerging, and deadlines for the updated plans looming, staying up to speed on compliance with this program can be challenging.

The SPCC Compliance Manager™ course is designed for those responsible for developing SPCC plans, managing SPCC compliance programs, or evaluating SPCC compliance.

This course includes focused training, group discussions, and class exercises. Relevant handouts, including the current EPA SPCC Inspector’s Guide and SPCC inspection checklists, are provided to help you understand what the inspectors are looking for. The course covers all changes to the rule finalized in 2002, and is continually updated to include the many modifications and additions made since then. Any recent changes will also be incorporated. Course handout materials form a useful reference source for your continued use.

If you have an SPCC plan, you are encouraged to bring a copy to class, along with a copy of the applicable federal/state permit, so your plan can be reviewed by the class and instructor and an action plan developed to bring your plan into full compliance.

What’s covered in the course?

This course will leave you well-qualified to lead SPCC compliance programs at your organization.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Oil and its impacts on the environment
  • Clean Water Act overview
  • Navigable water definition
  • Focus of SPCC laws
  • DOT/EPA Memorandum of Understanding
  • History of SPCC law development
  • Facilities required to prepare an SPCC plan
  • Regulation-specific definitions
  • Types of regulated containers
  • Exemptions from SPCC
  • Overfill Prevention
  • Container and equipment inspections
  • Loading/unloading racks and other transfer operations
  • Personnel training
  • Spills and oil discharges
  • Security requirements
  • Impracticability statements and deviations from SPCC regulation
  • In-depth look at secondary containment
  • Exercise – review 40 CFR 112
  • Regional inspector guidance document
  • Aboveground storage tanks regulations and required features
  • Common oil container deficiencies
  • Benefits of developing a SPCC plan
  • SPCC Plan requirements
  • How to address amendments to your plan
  • Exercise – plan review
  • Inspector’s Guidance SPCC Plan review checklist
  • Contingency plans – Oil Spill Contingency Plans, Facility Response Plans, and Integrated Contingency Plans
  • Exercise – Plan critique (available with in-person attendance only) Attendees evaluate both example and student-provided plans to find any compliance deficiencies and discuss practical opportunities for improvement

Course Agendas are subject to change

Day 1: 8:15 am – 4:15 pm

  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Oil Management Background
  • Regulatory Development
  • Applicability
  • Lunch
  • SPCC Facility Requirements
  • Secondary Containment
  • Exercise 1 Inspectors Guide
  • Class Ends for Day

Day 2: 8:15 am – 12:00 pm

  • Aboveground Storage Tanks
  • SPCC Plan Requirements
  • Contingency Plans
  • Lunch
  • Course Ends for Virtual Attendees

Practical Application Exercises In-Person Attendees Only

  • Exercise 2 – Plan Review
  • Exercise 3 – Plan Critique – Evaluation of example and student plans
  • Review
  • Class End

Craig J. Schwarz, CHMM, CPEA, CET,  is an environmental regulatory compliance expert, with more than 20 years hands on experience assisting clients achieve and maintain compliance nationwide. He is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) and a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA). He has also achieved certification by the US Army Corps of Engineers as a wetland delineator, UST operator certifications in multiple states, several state-level sediment and erosion control certifications, pesticide manager certification, and RAB/QSA ISO 14001 Lead Auditor certification training.

Craig formerly served as technical manager for the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Wetlands Information Hotline, program manager for USEPA Enforcement Support Services (ESS), project manager for the development of comprehensive environmental compliance audit protocols, and technical lead for hundreds of facility environmental plans and permit applications. Craig has supported more than 250 private companies and Federal agencies, ranging from steel mills to the US Army, and has led environmental compliance assistance audits for more than 350 facilities in 42 states, and has been approved by the USEPA as a third-party compliance evaluator.


Bob LaRosa is a Professional Engineer with more than 29 years experience in occupational safety and health program management and environmental engineering. This experience includes environmental site and hazardous waste investigations and remedial activities for the real estate, solid waste, petroleum, manufacturing, financial, and construction industries and the government sector.


Renee Lavinsky, CHMM, CPEA is a certified hazardous materials manager (CHMM), Certified Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA), and environmental regulatory compliance expert. As a member of the Aarcher consulting staff, she stays current on environmental regulations by performing third-party multimedia environmental compliance audits and preparing facility environmental plans, reports, and permit applications. Ms. Lavinsky had led multimedia environmental compliance audits for more than 1,000 facilities in 30 states, and routinely performs regulatory research for client facilities facing new environmental requirements or challenges. In addition, as part of these audits, Ms. Lavinsky has conducted on‑the‑job training for field personnel and management.

She has spent a considerable amount of her career helping organizations increase their overall environmental compliance through plan development and management. Ms. Lavinsky has managed and authored more than 30 spill prevention control and countermeasure (SPCC) plans for facilities throughout the US. She is an instructor for the SPCC Compliance Manager and the Original Environmental Compliance Bootcamp Aarcher Institute Courses and regularly trains Aarcher’s own environmental compliance specialists.


Bill Decker, PE, is a registered professional engineer in 32 States and has extensive environmental regulatory compliance experience related to water and waste issues. He has more than 25 years experience preparing permit applications, solving client environmental challenges, and developing SPCC Plans, Facility Response Plans, Storm Water permitting, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Planning, Hazardous Material & Waste Management Plans, Pollution Prevention Plans, and Waste Analysis Plans.