Farm Bureau host series of EPA meetings on oil spill prevention

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Huron – The South Dakota Farm Bureau is hosting a series of meeting across the state this month for farmers and ranchers to learn more about the EPA’s Oil Spill Prevention, Control & Countermeasure (SPCC) Program, which requires compliance by May 10 of this year.

Two representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 8 office in Denver will lead the meetings: Rebecca Perrin, EPA Region 8 Agriculture Advisor, and Jim Peterson, EPA Region 8 SPCC Inspector. According to the U.S. EPA, farms or ranches that store more than 1,320 total U.S. gallons of oil or oil products in aboveground containers sized 55 gallons or larger, or more than 42,000 U.S. gallons in completely buried containers, and could reasonably expected to discharge oil to waters of the U.S., are required to have an SPCC Plan. EPA requires an SPCC Plan to be in place by May 10, 2013. Read the EPA backgrounder here with full details on the SPCC program and plan requirements: http://www.sdfbf.org/

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The schedule for the SPCC meetings is as follows: (all times are local)

Feb. 25 in Sturgis, 3 p.m. at the Meade County Extension Building Community Room

Feb. 26 in Wall, 10 a.m. at the Community Building on Main Street

Feb. 26 in Pierre, 4 p.m. at the Capitol Building Basement Room A (plus 6 DDN locations)

Feb. 27 in Redfield, 10 a.m. at the Spink County Courthouse Community Room

Feb. 27 in Mitchell, 3 p.m. at Central Electric Cooperative Building (I-90 Exit 325)

Feb. 28 in Platte, 10 a.m. at the Lyric Theater

Feb. 28 in Yankton, 3 p.m. at the Yankton County Extension Office

March 1 in Lennox, 10 a.m. at Pizza Ranch

The meeting at 4:00pm Central Time on February 26 will be broadcast over the Digital Dakota Network (DDN) from Pierre to these locations:

Aberdeen, NSU’s Beulah William Library Room 117

Brookings, SDSU’s Pugsley SPC Room 203

Madison, DSU’s Tech Classroom Building Room 103

Rapid City, SDSM&T’s Classroom Building Room 109

Sioux Falls, SF University Center’s Main Building Room 145

Vermillion, USD’s Delzell Education Center Room 203

Watertown, LATI’s Main Building Room 128 Door 1B

There is no cost to attend these informational meetings and you do not need to be a member of Farm Bureau to attend.