Applications Being Accepted for NRCS Pilot Program to Help Farmers and Ranchers Comply With On-Farm Oil Spill Regulations
Holly L. Martien
First Application Evaluation Period for FY 2013 Funding Ends April 19, 2013
ALEXANDRIA, March 22, 2013 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Oil Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Pilot program is being offered to help agricultural producers comply with revised regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The SPCC program is intended to prevent and mitigate fuel and oil spills on agricultural operations. The pilot program is funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
In order to be considered in the first SPCC Pilot application evaluation period for fiscal year 2013, interested agricultural producers are encouraged to visit their local NRCS office as soon as possible. The first application evaluation period for fiscal year 2013 SPCC funding ends April 19, 2013.
“Farmers and ranchers who need assistance to comply with EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure regulation should consider NRCS’s SPCC Pilot,” said Acting State Conservationist Britt Paul. “I encourage any producer who may be interested to visit their local NRCS office and submit an application for funding.”
NRCS has developed an SPCC Conservation Activity Plan to assist farming operations that exceed 10,000 gallons of above-ground storage capacity. Those facilities with less than 10,000 gallons but more than 1,320 gallons of above-ground storage capacity should take advantage of the “self-certification template provided by EPA. NRCS has also developed practice standards to assist producers who wish to implement elements of an approved SPCC plan and comply with the SPCC rule.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is authorized by the Farm Bill to assist eligible landowners plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air, and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. In addition, EQIP also helps producers meet Federal, State, Tribal and local environmental regulations.
For more information about SPCC or other technical or financial assistance programs offered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, please contact your nearest USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office. To locate your nearest USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service office, visit http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov or look in the telephone directory under “United States Government”.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the Nation’s soil, water, air, and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.
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