The Senate on Tuesday continues its consideration of the Water Resources Development Act, a bill that would authorize Army Corps of Engineers projects and overarching river and waterways infrastructure improvements.
Last week, Senators considered several amendments to bill, including one amendment that alters the EPA's Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure.
The SPCC rules, which took effect May 10, require farmers storing more than 1,320 gallons of fuel in above-ground tanks and more than 42,000 gallons in below-ground tanks to prepare written storage plans and have them certified by a professional engineer.
The WRDA amendment, which was approved unanimously, creates a temporary 6,000 gallon aggregate aboveground oil storage exemption threshold for farms for up to 30 months, pending the completion of a joint EPA - USDA study to set a permanent exemption threshold for farms between 2,500 and 6,000 gallons, based on what constitutes a significant risk of discharge to water and a subsequent rulemaking by EPA, ASA said.
The amendment also permits farms to self-certify their spill prevention plans if their aggregate aboveground oil storage is between 6,000 and 20,000 gallons, ASA added. A professional engineer must certify the plan if the farm has an individual storage tank greater than 10,000 gallons, an aggregate aboveground oil storage greater than or equal to 20,000 gallons, or a reportable oil discharge history.