One of the hottest topics at the just completed Northern Ag Expo in Fargo was the "new" EPA oil spill and prevention regulations
Dennis Duvall, from Dakota Environmental, Huron, S.D., spent more than hour and half fielding questions.
These regulations apply to any farm or ranch with above-ground, petroleum product storage facilities holding a total of 1,320 gallons in one location.
Many farmers will be required to build some type of containment dike around fuel and oil tanks, have them inspected and keep various spill containment kits on mobile fuel trucks and trailers and have a written spill preventing and reporting plan.
Though the rules have been on the books for more than 30 years, they haven't been widely enforced on farms. New worries about oil spills have brought the regulations to the forefront.
"I don't think they are going to go away," Duvall says, and failure to comply "is not going to be just a slap on the wrist."
He expects insurance companies will eventually make compliance with the regulations a pre-requisite for farm liability coverage.