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Part 3 - Spill Prevention & Response. Preventing Stormwater Pollution at Your Public Works Facility: A 5-Part Workshop Series. Training Modules. Why Stormwater Matters  What is a SWPPP?  Spill Prevention & Response Materials Management Good Housekeeping. Spill Prevention & Response.

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part 3 spill prevention response
Part 3 - Spill Prevention & Response

Preventing Stormwater Pollution at Your Public Works Facility:

A 5-Part Workshop Series

training modules
Training Modules
  • Why Stormwater Matters 
  • What is a SWPPP? 
  • Spill Prevention & Response
  • Materials Management
  • Good Housekeeping
spill prevention response
Spill Prevention & Response
  • What might spill? How concerned should we be?
  • Preventing spills
  • Responding to spills
what might spill
Petroleum Products



Waste products

Should we be concerned?


Contain hydrocarbons

Toxic to aquatic life at low concentrations

Subject to other State & Federal Regulations

What might spill?
above ground storage
Above-ground Storage
  • State Oil Pollution Control Regulations
  • Federal Regulations amended December 2006
    • Additional draft amendments under review 12/07
underground storage
Underground Storage
  • RI Rules & Regulations for Underground Storage Facilities Used for Petroleum Products and Hazardous Materials (2007)
what might spill7
Other chemicals



Paint thinners

Vehicle/equipment fluids


Should we be concerned?


Many are toxic

Fertilizers can increase algae blooms

Reduced oxygen

What might spill?
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Dumpster contents

Should we be concerned?


Could have any of above materials, plus litter, food

What might spill?
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Bulk Materials







Should we be concerned?


Chlorides can be toxic to freshwater life

Materials can clog gills, smother eggs, etc

What might spill?
preventing spills
Preventing spills
  • Reduce use
  • Use safer alternatives
preventing spills13
Preventing spills
  • Confine potential leaks
    • Keep potentially leaky equipment, materials away from inlets & concentrated flows
preventing spills16
Preventing spills
  • Confine potential leaks
    • Install berms, dikes or dead end sumps
preventing spills18
Preventing spills
  • Confine potential leaks
    • Use drip pans
    • Drain idle equipment
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Preventing spills
  • Confine potential leaks
    • Roofing, covers
    • Label containers and check often
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Preventing spills
  • Supervise all material transfers with personnel trained in spill response
    • Follow standard operating procedures to prevent overfilling
    • Keep away from storm drains, or cover catch basins
responding to spills petroleum or hazardous products
Responding to Spills:Petroleum or Hazardous Products
  • Oil Pollution Control Regulations
  • Rules and Regulations for the Investigation and Remediation of Hazardous Material Releases (2004)
Know where your response plan is & what it says about

Who to notify

Evaluating severity/appropriate response

Location/use of spill response kit


Responding to Spills

responding to spills
Responding to Spills
  • Locate spill response equipment at all potential spill areas
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Absorbent materials
    • Brooms & shovels for dry cleanup
    • Drain covers, sand bags
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Responding to Spills
  • Notify supervisor/spill coordinator immediately Contact: Insert Name Here
  • RIDEM Hotline: (401) 222-3070
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Responding to Spills
  • Contain spill as close to source as possible
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Responding to Spills
  • Use dry cleanup methods
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Responding to Spills
  • Following cleanup, dispose of spill materials properly

Public Works Facility Operations & Maintenance for Stormwater Management: Employee Training

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This program was developed by the Southern Rhode Island Conservation District in partnership with the URI Cooperative Extension RI NEMO Program and the Rhode Island T2 Center. Funding was provided by the RI Department of Environmental Management and the RI Department of Transportation under the Phase II Stormwater Education and Outreach Program.

  • What activities are of the greatest concern?
  • Can we do a better job at spill prevention?
  • Are we prepared to respond to a spill?