The Nebraska Ethanol Board is working with the University of Nebraska Lincoln to educate farmers about how to deal with EPA regulations on fuel storage and spills.
Board Administrator Todd Sneller says the goal is to give farmers a series of options in dealing with the requirements.
“What does this fuel storage site look like out on the farm?” Sneller says. “Is it near water? Is it near a waterway? What sort of soils are there? Does it make sense to consider a containment dike system that’s very simple and yet might be effective at containing a leak of a couple hundred gallons of fuel?”
The rules are known as SPCC for Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure.
“Part of this is simply understanding what the options are and what the requirements are and having a chance to make an informed decision,” he says.
Sneller says the board is providing a list of recommendations for dealing with the rules to several farm groups as well as the state Department of Agriculture. Visit the Nebraska Ethanol Board website for more details.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton