EPA to delay deadline for spill control regulation of bulk milk tanks
By Agri-Pulse Staff
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Arlington, VA, June 11 – The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) praised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Friday for “taking a sensible approach to regulating dairy farms under the Spill, Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations by pushing back the deadline for farms’ compliance with those regulations.”
In a letter to NMPF dated June 9th, the EPA committed to finalizing the SPCC exemption for bulk milk storage “as expeditiously as possible …to have that process completed by early 2011.” In addition, EPA will be extending the compliance deadline for dairy producers until that time.
Last month, NMPF requested EPA to take such actions to provide certainty in the SPCC regulations so that dairy producers could appropriately make decisions on their need for regulatory compliance. EPA first proposed to exempt milk containers and associated piping and equipment constructed according to current applicable 3-A Sanitary Standards and subject to the current, applicable Grade ‘A’ Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO), or an equivalent state dairy regulatory requirement, from the SPCC regulations on January 15, 2009.
The goal of the SPCC program is to prevent oil spills into
waters of the
A farm with less than 10,000 gallons of total storage capacity and no single storage greater than 5,000 gallons can self-certify their SPCC plan. Farms that do not meet this exemption must have a plan certified by a professional engineer. NMPF’s concern is that this regulation could require a significant number of farms to require outside certification of their facilities.
“The commitment to
finalize the bulk milk storage exemption and extend the compliance deadline for
NMPF’s letter and EPA’s response can be viewed online at www.nmpf.org.
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