The Watertown Daily Times reports the Environmental Protection Agency will not apply oil spill regulations to bulk milk tanks, easing concerns of farmers with even modest-sized dairies.

In a meeting with EPA Region 2 officials Rep. William L. Owens was assured milk tanks on farms would be exempt from the program. Owens previously addressed the agency with a letter, supporting legislation to exempt dairy farms.

Final rules on oil spill regulations will be issued in the spring. Milk was initially grouped in to the regulations due to the butterfat in milk, but a statement by the EPA announced its plan to exclude milk storage tanks from the program.

The regulations would have required dairy farmers to have spill response plans, any fuel oil storage will still be required to meet regulations.

Source: Watertown Daily Times