Sen. Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.) discussed an agricultural related amendment to the Continuing Resolution on Wednesday.
Sen. Inhofe discussed the SPCC (Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure) amendment by explaining that, “This is a bill that for years and years has come up. It was originally designed for refineries that have very large amounts of storage, of oil, of propane, of all that type of material, and it was designed for them to have the necessary safeguards in place. Then, later on, there became a gray area. I ask the question because it has never been answered: Should they now be able to apply this to farms?
“Farms may have perhaps a little bit of propane over here and over here, someplace else, something else. It might add up to the 1,320 gallons at one time. If that is the case, then they would be under the same requirements as we currently have for refiners. I am talking about them having to do volumes and volumes of paperwork. They would have to purchase new double-lined containers and build berms around their storage facilities. We are talking about hundreds of thousands of dollars, and this could be an average-sized farm.”
A replay of a portion of Senator Inhofe’s remarks on this issue can be seen here: