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Published November 05, 2010, 12:00 AM

EPA extends some oil spill plan deadlines for farmers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revised a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure deadline that affects farms and other facilities.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revised a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure deadline that affects farms and other facilities.

Farms in business before Aug. 16, 2002, are expected to have in place an SPCC plan based on regulations in effect at the time it was developed. The EPA has extended the deadline to Nov. 10, 2011, to amend their plan to meet current regulations and implement the amended plan to Nov. 10, 2011.

The EPA also has extended the deadline to Nov. 10, 2011, for operations that started after Aug. 16, 2002, to prepare and implement a plan meeting current regulations.

Farms and other facilities must have an SPCC plan if they meet all three of the following criteria:

  • They use or transfer oil or oil products such as gas; diesel fuel; lubrication, hydraulic, crop or vegetable oil; or animal fat.
  • They store more than 1,320 U.S. gallons of oil or oil products in aboveground containers or more than 42,000 U.S. gallons in buried containers.
  • The oil or oil products reasonably could be expected to discharge into U.S. waters or adjoining shorelines, such as interstate waters, intrastate lakes, rivers and streams.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/spcc/compliance_dates.htm.

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