NRCS seeks to help producers comply with EPA oil spill regs

Apr 12, 2013

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is offering money to help ag producers comply with an Environmental Protection Agency rule regarding oil spills.

The rule requires producers who store more than 10,000 gallons of oil on their property to have a plan drawn up by an engineer for how to prevent and contain oil spills.

Cheryl Grapes with the NRCS says getting those plans drawn up can cost thousands of dollars, which can be a burden for producers.

“It’s to meet an environmental regulation, and they don’t always get a lot of payback on their own operations,” Grapes said. “So that’s why it’s nice to provide the assistance.”

The deadline for applying for financial assistance from the NRCS is April 19th.