New Fuel Tank Regs Take Effect May 10

If you store fuel, oil, crop oil, hydaulic oil surfactant adjuvent other materials on your farm then you will need to in compliance of new regulations. On May 10th the Environmental Protection Agency's mandated Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure takes effect. SPCC comes out of the Clean Water Act as a means to prevent oil spills into waters of the United States and adjoining shorelines.

In a interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, University of Wyoming Extension Educator Sandra Frost says SPCC regulations apply to any farm if an oil spill from your farm could reach water.

EPA has established criteria that determines if a farm will be under this regulation. Regulatory requirements depend on the amount of fluids. If a farm has one thousand three hundred twenty gallons up to 10 - thousand gallons of above ground storage, then they will fall under the Tier One requirement. Frost says producers are required to prepare and implement a written management plan.

With more gallons of fuel, oil and other liquids a farm has in storage, then there is greater emphasis on having containment system. If producers have 10 thousand gallons or if one single tank exceeds 5 thousand gallons then they fall under Tier 2 requirements. At that level farmers will be required to hire a certified engineer to develop and implement their management plan to ensure oil, fuel and other liquids will be prevented from getting to waters of the US.

Sample forms and blank templates for Tier 1 and Tier 2 farms and ranches are available online through the EPA website at and search for SPCC for agriculture.

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