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SD Farm Bureau to host EPA oil spill prevention meetings

The South Dakota Farm Bureau is hosting a series of meetings across the state in February for farmers and ranchers to learn more about the EPA's Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Counter measure 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 adviser 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 be expected to discharge oil to water of the U.S. are required to have an SPCC plan.

EPA requires an SPCC plan to be in place by May 10.

The local meetings will be at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at Central Electric Cooperative Building, Mitchell; and at 10 a.m. on Feb. 28, at the Lyric Theater, Platte.

There is no cost to attend these informative meetings, and no pre-registration is required. You do not need to be a member of Farm Bureau to attend.