SDFB recently held a series of meetings across the state for farmers and ranchers to learn more about the EPA’s Oil Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasure (SPCC) Program, which requires compliance by May 10, 2013.

Rebecca Perrin, EPA Region 8 Agriculture Advisor, and Jim Peterson, EPA Region 8 SPCC Inspector from Denver, led the meetings at locations throughout the state.  They informed farmers and ranchers of the upcoming SPCC program and gave them tips to make sure their farms and ranchers were covered in case a spill of oil or other petroleum products would occur.

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 reasonably expected to discharge oil to waters of the U.S., are required to have an SPCC Plan in place by May 10th.

The EPA offered this link for more details about the program and its requirements: http://www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/spcc/spcc_ag.htm