The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will require farmers with 10,000 gallons of fuel storage or more to earn oil spill cleanup methods certification, according to the Billings Gazette. Smaller farms with fuel storage between 1,320 and 10,000 gallons will be required to create self-designed plans to contain spills. The regulation will force farmers to develop containment strategies to ensure the safety of farms nationwide.
Farmers who purchase fuel in bulk to save money will have to weigh the pros and cons of the savings against the cost of meeting the new federal safety regulation. The EPA created the regulation to eliminate fuel spill hazards by requiring farmers to complete necessary training courses to store large amounts of fuel.
Fuel containment can become a serious issue for farmers, but tools are available to improve storage. Farmers can use a FiberLink Premium Universal Sock to assist with fuel storage.
The universal sock absorbs and retains oils, solvents and water quickly, limiting the damage caused by a leak. The device molds around machinery, barrels and corners to keep areas dry. Features include a tear-resistant polypropylene skin that can withstand even the toughest conditions.
Farmers can purchase a universal sock that meets or exceeds industry standards to block fuel from spilling into drains and walkways.