I am not sure how many of you are aware that there was a rapid deadline approaching that mandated new laws for farmers in regards to containing oil spills on farms. The new laws are part of the Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Program. The SPCC was developed to prevent oil spills into waters of the US and adjoining shorelines due to harmful effects on the environment.
I received word today that EPA has extended the deadline for farmers until May 10, 2013. There were a couple of reasons that the extension was granted – 1) EPA did not give training materials to University Extension Agents in a timely manner, so many farmers did not know about this; 2) the recent floods hindered the farmers from meeting these deadlines; 3) there seems to be a shortage of materials and/or people in some areas that are qualified to develop the “plans”. That said, it is unlikely that a second extension will be granted so you need to make plans to get your farm up to code by May 10, 2013.
For more information about SPCC relative to farm operations, click here. There should be a Direct Final Rule released by EPA tomorrow.