for Fuel System Supply Point (FSSP) operations. Management of fuel spills, use of the spill control kit, disposal of
contaminated kit material, and the restoration of the environment after a spill is the responsibility of the installation, activity,
and unit commander in consultation with AR 200-1 and environmental authorities.
a. Fuel Spills. Fuel spill are classified by the area covered by the spill. The seriousness of a fuel spill is determined
by the area of contact between the fuel, soil, and air. It is on or above the surface that a flammable, vapor-air mixture can
form and fire can take place. The number of square feet covered by the spill is more important than the amount of fuel
spilled. The types of fuel spills are described below.
(1) Small Priming Spill. A small priming spill is one that covers less than 18 inches in diameter.
(2) Small Spill. A small spill is on that is less than 10 feet in diameter or that covers less than 50 square feet. It is
not a continuous spill (tank leak).
(3) Large Spill. A spill that is larger than 10 feet in diameter, that covers an area larger than 50 square feet, or
that is continuous (a tank leak) is classified as a large spill.
b. Fuel Spill Cleanup. Every spill, no matter how small, should be reported by FSSP operators and investigated in
accordance with AR 200-1 so that the cause can be determined and future spills prevented. Every spill should be treated
as a potential source of soil contamination and fire. Cleanup procedures are described below.
(1) All Spills. Detailed instructions must be given by the responsible environmental authority. Each spill must be
treated as an individual case because of size, type of fuel involved, wind conditions, weather, equipment available,
possible involvement of vehicles, and other similar variables. In general, the following are basic actions that should be
considered and carried out to prevent spills if spills occur with the FSSP (Refer to Figure 2-1.1.):