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EPA Proposes to Delay SPCC Compliance Deadline for Farmers

November 3, 2011

With the compliance deadline rapidly approaching, the EPA has proposed to amend the date by which farms must prepare or amend and implement their Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) plans to May 10, 2013. Currently, farmers and ranchers are required to have these plans in place and finalized by Nov. 11, 2011. If there are no adverse comments to the proposed delay, the postponement will come into effect after the 15-day public comment period closes.

It important to note that this does not remove the regulatory requirement for owners or operators of farms in operation before August 16, 2002, to maintain and continue implementing an SPCC plan in accordance with the SPCC regulations then in effect. Also, this amendment does not relieve farms from the liability of any spills that occur while there is not an SPCC plan in place.

For detailed information on the proposed amendment, please visit the Government Printing Office website.