Relief from SPCC Rule Extended for Farmers and Ranchers

The Senate adopted an amendment to the continuing resolution last week that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from enforcing its Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rule against farmers. Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe said the adoption of his amendment is the first step in his fight to exempt farmers and ranchers from being forced to comply with this onerous regulation that was originally designed for refineries - not farms. He said the fact that the Senate agreed to the amendment by unanimous consent is a referendum on the EPA's lack of outreach to farmers about this rule.

The amendment will protect farmers from EPA enforcement for an additional four months. Inhofe says his ultimate goal is to see farmers permanently exempted. He says that can be achieved though legislation he cosponsored - S. 496.

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