The South Dakota Farm Bureau would like to remind farmers and ranchers that the May 10th deadline is approaching for the EPA’s Oil Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasure (SPCC) Program.  SDFB held a series of informational meetings across the state in February with officials from the regional EPA office in Denver.

Rebecca Perrin, EPA Region 8 Agriculture Advisor, stated, “Although EPA can't begin enforcement of the SPCC rule for farms, as defined in the statute, until after October 1, 2013, it's important for farmers to remember that the deadline for SPCC compliance is still May 10.”

According to the U.S. EPA, farms or ranches that store more than 1,320 total U.S. gallons of oil or oil products in aboveground containers sized 55 gallons or larger, or more than 42,000 U.S. gallons in completely buried containers, and could be reasonably expected to discharge oil to waters of the U.S., are required to have an SPCC plan in place.  May 10, 2013 is the newly amended compliance date by which farms must prepare or amend and implement their SPCC plan.  If your farm was in operation before August 16, 2002 and you do not already have a Plan, EPA says you must prepare and implement a plan as soon as possible.

The EPA offered this link for more detailed information about the SPCC program: http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/spcc/spcc_ag.htm. 

“EPA is committed to working with the agricultural community to find efficient and practical solutions to environmental challenges," Perrin said.  “Every farm or livestock operation is required to determine if they need an SPCC plan in place to reduce the risks, and costs, associated with potential oil spills.  EPA is offering assistance to make sure that those who need a plan are taking appropriate steps to meet these requirements.  We encourage producers to call us directly with any questions.”