WASHINGTON (Oct. 17, 2011) – National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson issued the following statement after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has extended the deadline to implement Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) measures:
“NFU is glad that EPA has extended the deadline until May 2013 for implementation of the SPCC regulation. While it is an important goal to make sure stored oil does not spill or leak into our nation’s waterways, it is equally important that the regulation is implemented in a way that farmers and ranchers can provide appropriate safeguards in a timely manner.
“In various parts of the country, many farmers are struggling to recover from catastrophic drought and flooding. We are pleased that EPA has listened to the concerns of Farmers Union members and extended the implementation deadline. This extension is instrumental in ensuring that the agriculture community understands SPCC requirements and has time to obtain technical assistance and implement the proper safeguards for stored oil.”