Johanns: ‘EPA Once Again Needlessly Targets Agriculture’

July 20, 2010 07:00 PM

Source: Office of Sen. Mike Johanns news release


Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today issued the following statement after introducing legislation to expedite a decision from the Environmental Production Agency (EPA) to exempt milk containers from regulations aimed at preventing oil from discharging into U.S. waterways:


"The idea of EPA treating spilled milk similarly to oil spills is ludicrous. My common sense legislation will require EPA to exempt milk containers from oil spill regulations within 30 days. Considering the exemption was proposed in January of last year and the compliance date for these regulations is rapidly approaching, EPA should stop dragging its feet. These regulations would be laughable if not for the costly burdens they will place on our dairy farmers if not stopped."




·         The EPA currently enforces Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations to prevent oil from discharging into U.S. waterways.


·         Under SPCC regulations, facilities that store or use significant quantities of oil or fuel must develop a prevention plan, so that oil doesn't spill and if oil does spill, it is contained safely on-sight.


·         Currently, EPA's SPCC regulations include milk storage containers.


·         The Food and Drug Administration already regulates milk storage, under the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance.


·         In January of 2009, EPA suggested potentially exempting milk storage from SPCC regulations, but has not yet reached a decision.


·         The compliance date for this regulation is November 10, 2010.


·         Sen. Johanns' bill would require EPA to finalize the proposed rule to exempt milk containers within 30 days, and would delay EPA fines or other compliance penalties against milk containers until EPA makes a decision on the proposed exemption.

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