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Preparing Spill Plans That Prevent/Minimize Fuel Releases

When: November 07, 2013 - November 08, 2013
Where: Owings Mills, MD

Presented by Datanet Engineering, INC


This two day course presents an in-depth view of the federal requirements for Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans. It then equips the students with the tools to evaluate a site for potential releases and then prepare a plan to implement active and passive measures to prevent fuel releases from being lost into the environment.

Students attending this course must be knowledgeable of fuel system basics for aboveground tanks. Without a good understanding in AST technology (e.g. knowing the differences between a shear valve, a fire valve, an anti-siphon valve and an oil safety valve) then many of the strategies for preventing fuel releases will be lost. Thus, prior attendance at a fuel systems course is strongly encouraged.

Course Highlights:

Development of SPCC plans requires detailed knowledge of the facility, its operational history, the limitations of its controls, sensors and alarms as well as where secondary containment is required. The focus of the class is to be able to recognize deficiencies at a site (e.g. code and industry standards violations as well as token systems). It then guides how the inclusion of details in the preparation of a Spill Plan will minimize both the likelihood and severity of a fuel release.

Detailed checklists and a template plan are provided so that students completing the class can immediately begin a site evaluation of a fuel facility, assess alternative approaches for preventing releases, prepare a SPCC Plan and then aid the site owner in its implementation.

Topics that are covered in this SPCC training class include:

  • Module 1 The Rules—an explanation on the history and details of 40CFR112
  • Module 2 Conducting Facility Evaluations
  • Module 3 Accomplishing Risk Evaluations
  • Module 4 Designing Secondary Containments
  • Module 5 Preparing Spill Plans Which Prevent Spills (Steps A to Z in writing and implementing effective Spill Plans.  

Who should attend:

  • Engineers and Owners responsible for either preparation or implementation of Spill Plans for aboveground fuel storage sites.

Dates and Locations
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John V. Cignatta, PhD, PE, is President and Principal engineer of Datanet Engineering Inc., a consulting firm specializing in the areas of fuel systems and corrosion engineering. He has presented numerous seminars on AST and UST installation, cathodic protection and corrosion prevention. In addition, John is an API certified tank inspector per API 653 and an STI certified tank inspector per SP-001 as well as a NACE Corrosion Specialist and Level II NDT Engineer for ultrasonic thickness testing.

For More Information
Email: info@datanetengineering.com
Phone: 410-654-1800
Fax: 410-654-3711


  • Aboveground Storage Tanks