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EPA Extends Oil Spill Deadline One Year

EPA Extends Oil Spill Deadline One Year

Rules apply if you store more than 1,320 gallons of oil or oil above ground of 42,000 gallons below ground.

The EPA has extended the deadline for complying with oil spill prevention regulations.

You must have an oil spill prevention and control plan if you meet all three of the following criteria:

  • Use or transfer oil or oil products such as gas; diesel fuel; lubrication, hydraulic, crop or vegetable oil; or animal fat.
  • Store more than 1,320 U.S. gallons of oil or oil products in aboveground containers or more than 42,000 U.S. gallons in buried containers.
  • The oil or oil products reasonably could be expected to discharge into U.S. waters or adjoining shorelines, such as interstate waters, intrastate lakes, rivers and streams.

Only containers 55 gallons or larger are included in 1,320-gallon total. Also, farmers and ranchers who own or lease additional land that meets the EPA's criteria will need a separate oil spill cleanup and mitigation plan for that property.

For more information, see www.epa.gov/emergencies/content/spcc/compliance_dates.htm.

Source: NDSU Extension Communications

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