Dean Kwasny, Acting Assistant State Conservationist-Programs
USDA Initiative Can Help Farmers Develop Oil Spill Prevention Plans
For More Information:
Ron Brooks, Resource Conservationist (Program contact): 208.378.5724
Alexis Collins, Public Affairs Specialist: 208.685.6978
Boise, ID, March 27, 2012 – The USDA's Spill, Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Initiative was designed to help agricultural producers in Idaho comply with revised Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations for on-farm oil spills. The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for the initiative through May 4, 2012.
EPA's revised Spill Prevention Control Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations require agricultural operations to have an oil spill prevention plan in place. The USDA set up a pilot initiative for eight states, including Idaho, to help producers comply with the EPA's SPCC regulations.
"An important part of the USDA mission is helping farmers and ranchers develop plans to protect human health and the environment, including assistance to comply with new regulations," said Jeff Burwell, Idaho NRCS State Conservationist. "This initiative will help agricultural producers meet regulatory requirements designed to reduce the dangers of on-farm oil spills."
For farms with aboveground storage capacity of more than 10,000 gallons of oil or oil products, the EPA requires that the SPCC plans be developed by a professional engineer. The NRCS initiative offers a set payment for producers that use a certified Technical Service Provider to develop a SPCC conservation activity plan that meets the EPA's requirements.
To learn more about the Spill, Prevention, Control and Countermeasure regulations and initiative, contact the NRCS office in your area. Find the one nearest you at http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/ and click the link "Find a Service Center" at the end of the list on the left side.
To find a Technical Service Provider that can assist you with the conservation activity plan, go to http://techreg.usda.gov/CustLocateTSP.aspx.
To learn more about the Organic Initiative, conservation practices or your eligibility, contact the NRCS office in your area. Find the one nearest you at http://www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/ and click the link "Find a Service Center" at the end of the list on the left side or call 208-378-5700.
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