What is in this article?:
- USDA to help with on-farm oil spill regulation
- interim standards
- Fuel and oil spill mitigation
- EPA pilot project
- Eight states
The Department of Agriculture has announced a pilot initiative in eight states to help agricultural producers comply with revised regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intended to prevent and mitigate fuel and oil spills on their operations.
States participating in the NRCS pilot are: Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and the Caribbean area. Dave White, Chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), made the announcement on behalf of the Department at a farm outside of Pembina, N.D.
"An important part of our mission at USDA is helping farmers and ranchers develop plans to protect human health and the environment, including assistance complying (with) new regulations," said Dave White, NRCS Chief. "This new pilot program will help agricultural producers meet a new regulatory requirement designed to reduce the dangers of on-farm oil spills."
The pilot program will be administered by NRCS, which will provide up to $3 million to help farmers and ranchers comply with EPA's Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Program (SPCC). The agency will help develop or update existing spill prevention plans that avoid and mitigate on-farm oil spillage. SPCC plans must be in place no later than November 10, 2011.
Due to the small amount of stored fuel and oil on most operations, up to 84 percent of farmers and ranchers are able to "self certify" by completing an online template. Operators with above ground storage capacity of 10,000 gallons or more are required to have a plan prepared by a registered Professional Engineer.