BoatU.S. and EPA partner to prevent fuel spills

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has developed new Web pages on marina fuel spill prevention and control, BoatU.S. said in a statement today.

Working with the Great Lakes Region 5 of the EPA, the BoatU.S. Foundation created what it said are easy to understand Web pages for marina operators on the federal Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations.

A worksheet is included that allows a marina owner or operator to review the requirements and determine whether or not their facility needs a SPCC plan, which generally applies to marinas that can store more than 1,320 gallons of fuel above ground, BoatU.S. said.

The Web pages may be found at http://www.EPA.Gov/region5oil/marinas.

“Although this regulation is more than 20 years old, often times marina operators are not aware of it, nor do they know how to comply,” said Margaret Podlich, director of Environmental Programs for the BoatU.S. Foundation. “By using the information on the new Web pages, marina operators have the opportunity to anonymously ascertain whether this regulation applies to them.”

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