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Frequently Used Tools:

Spill Prevention, Control
and Countermeasure (SPCC)

Are There Exceptions to the Secondary Containment Requirement?

There are only two exceptions to the sized secondary containment requirement:
  • Mobile refuelers (nurse tanks).
  • Non-commercial tanker trucks.
Farm nurse tanks do not require dedicated secondary containment but must be positioned to prevent a discharge (e.g., away from ditches). Although it’s possible to obtain a determination of “impracticability” in regard to providing tank secondary containment, meaning that an engineer determines that a secondary containment can’t reasonably be provided given the site circumstances, it is very unlikely that this determination will be granted on a farm.