Washington, D.C. (April 13, 2011)—The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) today applauded the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to exempt milk containers from Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations covering on-farm oil storage.
“Common sense and good judgment have carried the day with EPA’s announcement that they will no longer treat spilled milk the same as a leaking oil drum,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. “Over the past two years, NCFC has strongly supported relieving dairy farmers from such an absurd and burdensome regulation.”
On-farm milk storage had been covered under the original SPCC proposed rules since milk contains animal fat, which was considered an oil by EPA.
Since 1929, NCFC has been the voice of America’s farmer cooperatives. Our members are regional and national farmer cooperatives, which are in turn composed of nearly 3,000 local farmer cooperatives across the country. NCFC members also include 26 state and regional councils of cooperatives. Farmer cooperatives allow individual farmers the ability to own and lead organizations that are essential for continued competitiveness in both the domestic and international markets.
America’s farmer-owned cooperatives provide a comprehensive array of services for their members. These diverse organizations handle, process and market virtually every type of agricultural commodity. They also provide farmers with access to infrastructure necessary to manufacture, distribute and sell a variety of farm inputs. Additionally, they provide credit and related financial services, including export financing.