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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Statement by Steve Nelson, President, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation

  • “Earlier today the President signed into law H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA)."
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  • “Earlier today the President signed into law H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). The signing of WRRDA into law provides much needed funding for construction and the dredging and repairs to our ports, locks and dams for the efficient transport of agricultural commodities and we are greatly appreciative of these actions.”
     
    “While WRRDA is instrumental to keeping agriculture competitive both domestically and abroad, H.R. 3080 also contains significant steps to fix problems related to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule which has been a thorn in the side of farmers and ranchers.”
     
    “The implementation of WRRDA will change the way in which oil and fuel containers are counted for purposes of determining a farmers’ obligations under SPCC. Previous to this measure, containers as small as 50 gallons were required to be counted towards a farmer’s aggregate fuel or oil storage, with a capacity of 1,320 gallons of aggregate storage triggering SPCC requirements.”
     
    “Under WRRDA, only containers of more than 1,000 gallons will be counted toward aggregate storage. Furthermore, the measure raises the threshold triggering SPCC rule compliance to more than 6,000 gallons of aggregate fuel storage on an interim basis, until completion of a U.S. Department of Agriculture and EPA study identifying an appropriate aggregate threshold. Due to the changes in WRRDA many farmers and ranchers will no longer be affected by this costly and burdensome regulation saving farmers and ranchers thousands of dollars.”
     
    “We thank the members of Nebraska’s congressional delegation for their support and efforts to help secure the infrastructure needs for transport of agricultural commodities into the future and for their efforts to fix a regulatory burden that has been troublesome for many Nebraska farm and ranch families.”
     
    The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots, statewide organization dedicated to supporting farm and ranch families and working for the benefit of all Nebraskans through a wide variety of educational, service and advocacy efforts. More than 56,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members, working together to achieve rural and urban prosperity as agriculture is a key fuel to Nebraska’s economy. For more information about Nebraska Farm Bureau and agriculture, visit nefb.org.

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