Senate approves measure to protect farmers from oil spill regulations

Under the amendment, the threshold to trigger inclusion in the new regulations would immediately be raised to 6,000 gallons while a study is conducted to determine the ideal cutoff. Also, the measure approved Thursday would increase from 10,000 gallons to 20,000 gallons the threshold at which facilities would need certification from a professional engineer.

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The amendment was unanimously adopted as part of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), and offered by Sens. Deb FischerDeb FischerSenate takes lead on Trump’s infrastructure proposal Updated fuel regulations would modernize options at gas pumps McConnell promises women can take part in healthcare meetings MORE (R-Neb.), Mark PryorMark PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (D-Ark.), Mary LandrieuMary LandrieuMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Five unanswered questions after Trump's upset victory Pavlich: O’Keefe a true journalist MORE (D-La.), and James InhofeJames InhofeTop GOP senators tell Trump to ditch Paris climate deal GOP frustrated by slow pace of Trump staffing GOP skeptical of Trump plan for paid parental leave MORE (R-Okla.).

“These misguided EPA rules have a direct impact on producers, who faced incredible compliance costs and paperwork requirements,” Fischer said in a written statement. “Inability to meet these new standards would result in the risk of stiff fines and penalties from EPA.”

Thursday’s action was not the first time the SPCC was highlighted as unnecessarily burdensome. President Obama singled the rule out in his 2012 State of the Union address, during which he vowed to trim away federal regulations that were useless or overly costly.

He noted that the SPCC rule had originally included all oils including animal fats, vegetable oils and even milk. The regulations were later amended to exempt dairy products.

“With a rule like that,” the president quipped, “I guess it was worth crying over spilled milk.”