Obama touts EPA effort to exempt milk from oil-spill rules

“I’ve ordered every federal agency to eliminate rules that don’t make sense,” he said. “We’ve already announced over 500 reforms, and just a fraction of them will save business and citizens more than $10 billion over the next five years.”

The Environmental Protection Agency last year exempted milk and milk containers from broader oil-spill prevention regulations meant to protect inland waterways.

Republicans and agriculture groups have raised concerns in recent months that the regulations, known as the Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure rule, could place restrictions on spilled milk.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and other administration officials insisted that the rules, which were first implemented in the 1970s, were never intended to regulate spilled milk.