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FARMERS SPCC EXEMPTION SIGNED INTO LAW

Monday, May 11th, 2015
FARMER SPCC EXEMPTION SIGNED INTO LAW
June 10th 2014, President Obama signed into law the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (H.R. 3080) which included SPCC exemption language for farmers. 
The SPCC language will increase threshold sizes for Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) regulation at the farm level, and allow more farms to self-certify spill plans compared to current EPA SPCC Regulations. Specifically the language will:
  • Exempt all farm tanks of 1,000 gallons or less from the SPCC rule, and farms with an aggregate tank storage capacity of 2,500 gallons or less would not have to comply with EPA’s SPCC rule.
  • Increase the farm exemption threshold with up to 6,000 gallons aggregate of aboveground oil storage pending the completion of a study looking at a permanent exemption for farms with 2,500 to 6,000 gallons.
  • Permit farms to self-certify their spill prevention plans if their aggregate aboveground oil storage is between 6,000 and 20,000 gallons with no individual tank greater than 10,000 gallons and no history of oil spills. Self-certify no single tank above 10,000.
  • Require a professional engineer to certify the plan if the farm has an individual storage tank greater than 10,000 gallons, an aggregate aboveground oil storage greater than or equal to 20,000 gallons, or a reportable oil discharge history.

For the “NEW” Farm Fact Sheet (dated April 24, 2015) Please visit ( www.epa.gov/emergencies )

  • Click on the tab “SPCC to Agriculture then view or print the “New Farm Fact Sheet”