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If your facility performs railcar transloading, it’s likely required by law to have a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure plan in place. The SPCC regulation requires facilities prepare a plan to prevent accidental oil discharge from entering navigable waters. While one hopes spills never happen, if they do, this rule ensures the environment will be harmed as little as possible.
Transloading is the process of transferring liquids from railcars to trucks and vice versa. The federal government requires spill prevention containers to catch incidental spills that may occur during railroad transfer operations. Facilities can also install high-strength, corrosion-resistant transloading spill containers between train tracks to function as storage units.
Most transloading facilities need a transloading spill containment plan to meet federal safety guidelines. Facilities accomplish transloading through a variety of methods. For example, trucks can transfer material to another truck or train; cranes, loaders or conveyors can transfer liquid into railcars; and ships are utilized to transfer large shipments great distances.
Your facility is required to have a transloading plan if:
If your facility meets these criteria, the EPA requires you to implement a transloading spill containment plan. The plan will require you to find a way to hold at least the capacity of any compartment that might be loaded or unloaded at your facility.
Effective transloading spill containment plans address ways to control scenarios from slow drips to catastrophic spills at industrial railyards, maintenance facilities and other locations.
Transloading plans should consider elements, such as:
Transloading containment plans should document immediate actions and required materials in the event of a spill. The Star Track railcar spill containment system relies on a center containment pan between train tracks and two outside pans. Star Track offers safe, effective protection and quick installation. Complete your SPCC plan with the Star Track spill containment system from Polystar to ensure your facility is EPA compliant.
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