Sen. Deb Fischer has joined with other senators to shield farmers from federal oil spill regulations.
Fischer, Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Jim Inhofe (R-OK) sponsored the amendment to the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).
“This bipartisan amendment raises the exemption levels for fuel storage capacity to better reflect the spill risk and also the financial resources of farms. And it goes a long way in providing a common sense regulatory relief for our farmers,” Fischer told Nebraska reporters during a conference call.
The EPA regulates fuel storage of 1,320 gallons or more, which would include the majority of farms in Nebraska. The amendment raises the threshold to 6,000 gallons and commissions a study to determine the appropriate level of exemption for fuel storage tanks of 2,500 to 6,000 gallons.
The legislation would also increase the threshold that triggers whether a professional engineer must be called in to certify an oil spill prevention plan from 10,000 gallons to 20,000.
The EPA regulation is scheduled to go into effect tomorrow, the 10th.
The overall legislation remains under consideration in the Senate.