On Tuesday, October 18, 2011, The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final direct rule that extends the date by which certain farms must comply with the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rules to May 10, 2013.
A couple of important points to keep in mind
- The amendment to the compliance date does not change the requirement for owners or operators of farms in operation before August 16, 2002. If you were in operation prior to this date, the EPA will expect you to, “maintain and continue implementing a SPCC Plan in accordance with the SPCC regulations then in effect.”
- The extension is effective November 7, 2011, without further notice. If the agency receives adverse comments, they will publish a “timely withdrawal in the federal register.”
We again encourage producers to take advantage of the agriculture-specific, SPCC self-certification template and webinar that can be found on National Milk Producers Federation website www.nmpf.org.
Here is a link to the federal register notice http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-18/html/2011-27047.htm