Modifies regulations for fuel storage on farms. Farmers must follow fuel storage guidelines laid out by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Until the 21st Century, regulations for fuel storage on farms applied mainly to large farming operations. In 2009, the EPA expanded the Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) to include smaller farms, including those with no history of accidents.
The rule requires that oil storage facilities with a capacity of over 1,320 gallons make structural improvements to reduce the possibility of oil spills. The plan requires farmers to construct a containment facility, like a dike or a basin, which must retain 110 percent of the fuel in the container. These mandated infrastructure improvements must come with third-party certification.
Known as The FUELS Act, the bill will modify the EPA mandate by raising exemption levels. The exemption level for a single container would be adjusted upward to 10,000 gallons while the aggregate level on a production facility would move up to 42,000 gallons. The proposal would also place a greater degree of responsibility on the farmer or rancher to self-certify compliance if it exceeds the exemption level. The bill would be limited to farms that store more than 1,320 gallons of oil products in aboveground containers or more than 42,000 of oil products in buried containers.