An EPA rule that has been on the books for years and aims at preventing oil spills is now being applied to farm and ranch in a different way.
The EPA is changing the threshold for applying the rule down to 1,320 gallons of above-ground storage.
U.S. Senator Fischer (R-NE) has proposed legislation to make the rule apply only when there is more than 10,000 gallons.
“That was always accepted. There has been no reports of any kind of leakage from these ag storage sites. It’s above ground and I think it’s just common sense,” Fischer said on her weekly conference call with reporters.
The Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule requires a plan for inspecting tanks, protecting them, and how to respond if there is a leak.
Fischer said her bill would provide special protection for smaller farms and ranches.
“This bill would provide relief for farms and ranches with on-farm fuel storage from unnecessary regulations,” she said. “It would exempt most Nebraska on-farm fuel storage and all storage tanks for animal feed ingredients from the EPA’s SPCC rule.”
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:42]