Statement by Steve Nelson, President, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, on Senate Action on Oil Spill Regulation

5/9/2013 1:42:38 PM

LINCOLN, Neb., May 9, 2013 – “We are pleased by the U.S. Senate’s actions to provide regulatory relief to Nebraska farm families in regards to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule governing oil spills on farms. EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule has been a source of frustration for many Nebraska farm families attempting to comply given uncertainty surrounding their obligations under the regulations. While the Senate’s action to adjust regulatory thresholds and further study the appropriate thresholds for regulation on farms is not a complete fix, it is clearly a step in the right direction.”  

“We are hopeful action in the U.S. House will build upon the progress made in the Senate to further reflect the reality that oil spills on farms have historically not presented a risk to the environment and regulations on farms should reflect this reality. We greatly appreciate the work of both Sen. Mike Johanns and Sen. Deb Fischer for their efforts to work toward a common sense solution to EPA’s oil spill rules.”

5225 South 16th Street, Lincoln, NE 68512
P.O. Box 80299, Lincoln, NE 68501-0299
: (800) 742-4016 or (402) 421-4400
: (402) 421-4439