|Co-op Oil helps farmers develop SPCC plan|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Monday, 06 May 2013 23:43|
Paul Baird of Ag Compliance led area farmers through a description of 40 CFR Part 112. The Wauneta-Palisade Co-op Oil Company sponsored the meeting to help farmers understand the steps necessary to complete a spill prevention plan in accordance with the law. (Diane Stamm | Wauneta Breeze)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
Wauneta-Palisade Co-op Oil Company hosted a gathering of more than 30 employees and area farmers Tuesday, April 23 to offer insight into the EPA’s guidelines for Spill Prevention, Control, Countermeasures (SPCC) plans in accordance with 40 CFR Part 112.
In an effort to protect the nation’s waters, the EPA requires anyone who stores more than 55 gallons of motor oil and fuel, among others, in a variety of ways to have a spill prevention plan. Heating oil for single-residence homes are exempt.
Those not in compliance face fines if caught.
Farms in operation on or before August 16, 2002, must prepare a plan immediately. Farms that started operation after August 16, 2002, must prepare and implement a plan by May 10, 2013.
To be in compliance, farmers must have a list of fuel/oil containers on the farm; a list of security measures to limit access to oil handling areas; measures installed to prevent oil from reaching water; measures used to contain and clean an oil spill; and a list of emergency contacts and first responders. In some instances, a monthly check of facilities will be required.
Ag Compliance put on the presentation and answered questions. An engineering firm, Ag Compliance assists coops, farmers and rancher in developing SPCC plans.
Though Ag Compliance contracts with farmers to help set up plans, those wishing to do it themselves can do so by visiting www.epa.gov.
The plan does not need to be submitted to the EPA, but kept on hand in case of inspection.