WRRDA On-Farm Storage
Created by rrummel on 5/28/2014 5:11:10 PM

Spill Prevention Compliance

Congress passed the Water Resources Reform andDevelopment Act - which is highly supported by the American Farm BureauFederation and American Soybean Association. The bill contains a provision toease the burden of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Spill PreventionControl and Countermeasure rule. The current rule for farmers requirescompliance if an operation has 1,320 gallons or more of aboveground fuelstorage and allows self-certification up to 10,000 gallons. NationalCattlemen’s Beef Association President Bob McCan says the SPCC rule is anotherexample of EPA’s regulatory scheme threatening the economic viability of ruralAmerica and family farms and ranches. Under the WRRDA provision - the aggregateaboveground fuel exemption limit is increased to 6,000 gallons for operationswith no history of spills and no single tank with a capacity of 10,000 gallonsor more from having to develop a plan. Operations with an aggregate abovegroundfuel storage above 6,000 and below 20,000 gallons without history of spills andno single tank capacity of 10,000 gallons or more will require a self-certifiedplan. The provision also exempts fuel tanks with a capacity of 1,000 gallons orless and all tanks holding animal feed ingredients from the aggregatecalculations.

McCan says this commonsenselegislation will protect the majority of the nation’s cattle producers from theburden and cost of developing a spill containment plan. He says farmers andranchers are good stewards of their land and waters - and this provisionrecognizes their commitment to keeping their family and animals safe. WRRDAcalls for a study to be conducted by EPA and USDA within one year of the billbecoming law to determine whether the 6,000 gallon aggregate exemption levelposes a significant risk of discharge to waters of the U.S. by ag operations.The exemption level may be lowered from 6,000 gallons - but not lower than2,500 gallons - depending on the study’s results.