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September 20, 2012

Inhofe, Pryor partner on bill to ease EPA rules

OKLAHOMA CITY — U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Mark Pryor of Arkansas are teaming up on legislation to ease regulatory rules on fuel tanks for farmers.

The two introduced a bill this week to amend the Environmental Protection Agency’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rule.
In a statement, Inhofe says the measure ensures farmers won’t have to “navigate this unnecessary regulatory process.”
According to the EPA, farms have until May 10 to prepare and implement their plans under the rule.
The rule applies to farms that store more than 1,320 gallons of fuel, oil or animal fat in aboveground containers or more than 42,000 gallons in buried containers, and if they could “reasonably expect” discharge into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines, such as lakes, rivers and streams.

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