North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says producers with more than 10,000 gallons of fuel and/or oil in above-ground storage may be eligible for up to $12,500 in assistance to bring their facilities into compliance with federal regulations.
"The Natural Resources Conservation Service has implemented a pilot program in North Dakota and seven other states to help producers design and install secondary oil and fuel containment conservation practices required by the Environmental Protection Agency's Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Program (SPCC)," Goehring says.
Producers should contact their local NRCS field office for more information or to apply for program funds. Information is also available at www.nd.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/SPCC/SPCC_index_FY11.html.
"There are two application periods for the pilot program with deadlines of Jan. 28 and June 3, 2011," he says. "A qualifying producer can get up to $2,500 to help pay for designing an SPCC conservation activity plan and up to $10,000 to build a secondary containment facility."
SPCC conservation activity plans for facilities with 10,000 gallons or more of storage must be certified by a registered engineer. Smaller facilities can be certified by the owner.
USDA is allocating $3 million of Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds for the pilot program.
"I spoke with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in September in Fargo about the possibility of using EQIP funds for this very purpose," Goehring says. "Many producers need help meeting this requirement, especially since SPCC plans must be in place by Nov. 10, 2011."
Source: North Dakota Department of Agriculture