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DPCC Plans

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Discharge Prevention Program works to forestall the release of hazardous substances and petroleum products to the environment, thereby protecting natural resources and public health before problems occur. The program is centered on sound management practices that are considered essential when working with hazardous substances:

  • Training employees who handle such materials,
  • Periodically inspecting storage tanks,
  • Ensuring that adequate secondary containment is in place,
  • Developing standard operating procedures for routine operations and maintenance.

The program also works to ensure that response plans, trained personnel and emergency equipment are at hand should an incident occur. The Program is often referred to by the acronym “DPCC,” which refers to one of the preparedness documents that major facilities develop under the Program, the Discharge Prevention, Containment and Countermeasure Plan.

The requirements of the program are codified under N.J.A.C. 7:1E, and that regulation requires all facilities and individuals in the State of New Jersey, even homeowners, to report a discharge of a hazardous substance. However, the majority of the regulatory requirements apply only to facilities that store 20,000 gallons or more of New Jersey-regulated hazardous substances, excluding petroleum products, or 200,000 gallons of regulated hazardous substances including petroleum products.

The DPCC Plan for a qualified facility must be renewed whenever there are significant changes increasing the discharge risk or every 5 years.  Renewal submissions are due 180 days prior to the Plan expiration date.  Those facilities possessing a DPCC Plan are normally subject to annual inspections by specialized NJDEP personnel.
The development of the DPCC Plan and supporting documents is a complex process that requires a working knowledge of the facility processes and equipment, operating procedures and employee training programs in order to provide the very specific details required by the DPCC Plan regulations.

Contact us for more information on Discharge Prevention, Containment and Countermeasure Plans, or with any other questions pertaining to environmental health and safety and/or regulatory compliance that you may have.

CES can help with all of your compliance needs.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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