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Three Questions and Answers about Spill Prevention Control

Published Jul. 22, 2013 | Discuss this article on Facebook
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Ohio Farm Bureau members can request a recording of this webinar via the form below.

by Yvonne Lesicko

There is something very satisfying about putting out good information that you know is going to be helpful. That’s how I feel about the webinar we just conducted on Spill Plans. We get a lot of calls into the office about whether a farm needs a spill plan – the official title is Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures – and honestly, it is a bit of a maze to determine but the experts at U.S. EPA who walked us through it on the webinar made the process manageable.

I mainly get three questions about spill plans:

1. Question: Do I need one? Answer: You need a plan if your farm stores more than 1,320 gallons in above ground containers or more than 42,000 gallons in buried containers

2. Question: What date do I need to have it by? Answer: Those requiring a plan needed to have had it in place by May 10 of this year but EPA will not enforce the requirement until September 26, 2013.

3. Question: How do I write one and comply with it? Answer: Watch the webinar. The webinar will walk you through exactly what having a plan means, who needs to be trained, what kind of containers count toward the threshold, how to create a plan and whether you can do it using an online tool or if you’ll need a professional engineer.

The webinar is a great source of information that you can look at when it’s convenient to you and that you can revisit again when new issues come up. I hope it covers all your questions, but if it doesn’t, it even provides all necessary contacts at EPA to get the answers you need. Happy viewing!


Request a recording of this meeting and other past web meetings by filling out the form below and clicking “Submit.”

Yvonne Lesicko is Ohio Farm Bureau’s senior director of legislative and regulatory policy.

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