Inhofe Want Farms Exempt from EPA Rule

Mar 9, 2013

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' two U.S. senators and one from Oklahoma joined three other senators in introducing a bill to exempt some farmers from an Environmental Protection Agency requirement regarding fuel storage.

The bill by Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman of Arkansas and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma was introduced Friday.

The EPA rule requires farmers who have oil and gas tanks to have a spill prevention control plan that the senators say is just like plans required of major refineries.

The bill would exempt farmers who have above-ground oil storage tanks with a total capacity of less than 10,000 gallons. It also allows farmers who are regulated and have less than 42,000 gallons of above-ground storage capacity to self-certify their own plans.

Pryor is a Democrat. Boozman and Inhofe are Republicans.