Guidance from Automotive Compliance Consultants helps dealers with the process   

If your dealership is near a navigable creek, stream or other waterway and stores oil, oil sludge, waste oil or fuel oil, the EPA Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulation, in effect this coming November, applies to you.

Automotive Compliance Consultants reminds dealers that this regulation affects dealers near navigable waters or adjoining shorelines if their individual, aggregate above-ground oil storage capacity is greater than 1,320 U.S. gallons or completely buried storage capacity greater than 42,000 U.S. gallons.

“This regulation is one of those too easily set aside for later, but the November 10, 2011 deadline will be here soon. Now is the time for dealers to obtain the proper EPA paperwork and guidelines and start calculating and cataloging how SPCC impacts them,” said Terry Dortch, president, Automotive Compliance Consultants, Inc. Dealers may contact the company for a PDF version of this guide and paperwork.

Dealerships meeting regulation criteria and having storage capacity greater than 10,000 gallons must have their SPCC plan certified by a professional engineer prior to its submission to EPA, by Nov. 10, Dortch noted. Dealerships near navigable waters but with storage of less than 10,000 gallons may self-certify their compliance. Automotive Compliance Consultants can assist dealers with either certification process.

Automotive Compliance Consultants specializes in dealership compliance, providing in-dealership consultations and analysis, compliance audits, and training, and offers solutions for all compliance needs. The Automotive Compliance Consultants staff has extensive experience in the retail automotive industry and focuses exclusively on dealership compliance issues.

For more information, contact Terry Dortch at [email protected] or visit

May 3, 2011