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Old June 14th, 2010, 07:52 PM   #1
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EPA classifies milk as oil, forcing costly rules on farmers
Monica Scott The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS -- Having watched the oil gushing in the Gulf of Mexico, dairy farmer Frank Konkel has a hard time seeing how spilled milk can be labeled the same kind of environmental hazard.
But the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is classifying milk as oil because it contains a percentage of animal fat, which is a non-petroleum oil.
The Hesperia farmer and others would be required to develop and implement spill prevention plans for milk storage tanks. The rules are set to take effect in November, though that date might be pushed back.
"That could get expensive quickly," Konkel said. "We have a serious problem in the Gulf. Milk is a wholesome product that does not equate to spilling oil."
But last week environmentalists disagreed at a Senate committee hearing on a resolution from Sen. Wayne Kuipers, R-Holland, calling for the EPA to rescind its ruling.
"The federal Clean Water Act requirements were meant to protect the environment from petroleum-based oils, not milk," he said. "I think it is an example of federal government gone amuck."
But Gayle Miller, legislative director of Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, said agricultural pollution probably is the nation's most severe chronic problem when it comes to water pollution.
"Milk is wholesome in a child's body. It is devastating in a waterway," Miller said. "The fact that it's biodegradable is irrelevant if people die as a result of cryptosporidium, beaches close for E. coli and fish are killed."
Miller said "big agriculture" is constantly trying to be exempted from environmental regulations at the state and federal level. She was disappointed to learn the EPA told The Press it "expects shortly to issue a notice to extend the date for milk storage tanks to comply with SPCC (Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure) regulations."
Also, the International Dairy Foods Association said it has learned the EPA will exempt the industry from the rule.
But state lawmakers say they won't let up until that is official.
Konkel, who also spoke at the Senate hearing, co-owns Silver Sky Dairy, with his wife, Shari, and a brother-in-law and his wife. They have 300 milking cows on about 800 acres and a 5,000-gallon tank that keeps their milk cool.
The regulations apply to farms that store more than 1,320 gallons in above-ground containers or more than 42,000 gallons in buried containers.
In May, U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mount Clemens, introduced legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Holland, that prohibits enforcement of the EPA's regulations on dairy and dairy product producers, processors, handlers and distributors.
"This is an example of where we have overreach by the department that defies common sense," said Matt Smego, legislative counsel for Michigan Farm Bureau.
Smego said its an unnecessary regulatory burden that creates additional costs. He said it could cost $2,500 for a certified engineer to safeguard milk, plus more to construct secondary containment structures.
Michigan has 2,299 dairy farms. According to the Michigan Department of Agriculture, dairy is the leading segment of Michigan's agricultural industry, providing a $5.1 billion impact on the state's economy.
This month the International Dairy Foods Association said it has learned the EPA will exempt the industry from the rule.
But state lawmakers say they won't let up until that is official.
In the meantime, Konkel and other dairy farmers are in limbo.
"The federal government has gotten out touch what's going on in rural America," said Konkel. "This is our livelihood."
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Old June 14th, 2010, 08:30 PM   #2
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Theres no reason to cry over spilt milk
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Old June 14th, 2010, 09:09 PM   #3
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I can see where the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) would be off the charts should a spill reach a waterway. The effects of a large milk spill would be short term compared to petroleum so I don't know why the State is making such a comparison.

I would say a good compromise would be to do a site study to see if there are any potential water contamination issues (drainage ditch, creek, river, wells, etc.). If there are then a spill contingency program should be developed.
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as protection against a milk spill, all farmers should be required to always have a 1000 kittens on hand for use in an immediate clean up.
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