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Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA)

The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) was signed by the President on June 10, 2014 which impacts the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Program and farms. Section 1049 of the WRRDA changes certain applicability provisions of the SPCC rule for farms and modifies the criteria under which a farmer may self-certify an SPCC Plan.

Under WRRDA, a farm is not required to have an SPCC Plan if it has:

  • An aggregate aboveground storage capacity less than 2,500 gallons OR
  • An aggregate aboveground storage capacity greater than 2,500 gallons and less than 6,000* gallons; and
  • No reportable discharge history.

A farmer can self-certify the SPCC Plan if the farm has:

  • An aggregate aboveground storage capacity greater than 6,000* gallons but less than 20,000 gallons;
  • No individual tank with a capacity greater than 10,000 gallons; and
  • No reportable discharge history.
  • This 6,000-gallon threshold may be adjusted by EPA, following a study to determine the appropriate exemption.

A farmer must have a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) certify the SPCC Plan if the farm has:

  • An individual tank with an aboveground storage capacity greater than 10,000 gallons; OR
  • An aggregate aboveground storage capacity greater than or equal to 20,000 gallons; OR
  • A reportable discharge history.

WRRDA provides for EPA to work with USDA to conduct a study to determine the appropriate applicability threshold for farms, based on a significant risk of discharge to water. The threshold quantity must be not more than 6,000 gallons and not less than 2,500 gallons. The study is scheduled to be completed by June 2015. EPA will then announce a rule amending the SPCC requirements to adjust the applicability thresholds.

See our Services page for more information about Stratus Environmental’s SPCC services or Contact us with questions about how our staff of Professional Engineers can assist you in producing a SPCC Plan for your facility. For more information on the SPCC rule and Plans and the impacts to farms, please visit the EPA website at

http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/spcc/index.htm and

http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/spcc/spcc_ag.htm.