Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC)

The Environmental Health and Safety Office supports all other UNC Charlotte departments with SPCC planning, prevention, and response. SPCC regulations are put forth by the EPA (Clean Water Act) and Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR Part 112). The aim of SPCC is to prevent the accidental release of oils, petroleum products, or other contaminants into local waterways such as Toby Creek and Heck Lake. EHS offers consultation, planning, training, and many other services to ensure our campus waterways stay clean.

What you need to know

  • SPCC regulations apply to any oils (i.e. motor oil and hydraulic fluid), petroleum products (i.e. automotive gas or diesel fuel), acids (i.e. battery acid or lab chemicals), pesticides, herbicides, or any other chemical which may pose an impact to human health or the environment.
  • Spills can quickly travel to local water sources through storm drains, manholes, and runoff. Rapid response is paramount to protecting campus waterways.
  • Spill Kits are located around campus to assist in containing and cleaning up spilled materials.
  • SPCC regulated storage tanks are located at nearly every campus building and may be above ground (AST) or below ground (UST) in nature.
  • Proper PPE, including eye protection, gloves, and boots are required for safe spill cleanup.


The Environmental Health and Safety Office offers the following services:

  • Sewer Overflow Response
  • Above Ground Storage Tank Inspections
  • Underground Storage Tank Inspections
  • SPCC Planning
  • Chemical Release Response
  • Spill Kit Evaluation and Location
  • Storage Tank Evaluation
  • Used Oil Collection and Recycling