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Cornhusker Economics (May 1, 2013)
Nebraska farmers and ranchers are concerned regarding meeting the May 10, 2013 deadline for preparing (but not submitting) Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans. This newsletter discusses the SPCC program requirements for ag producers, explains the SPCC self-certification option and discusses SPCC implementation realities. Importantly, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cannot legally enforce SPCC requirements against farms until September 30, 2013. EPA enforcement is likely to occur only if a “significant” (my word) oil products spill has occurred (a single spill of more than 1,000 gallons or two spills, each totaling more than 42 gallons within 12 months). If you have no spills, you are unlikely to be asked for your SPCC plan, but if you are subject to SPCC, you should prepare the required SPCC plan.