Statement by Steve Nelson, President, Regarding U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer’s Introduction of the FUELS Act

LINCOLN, NEB. – “Today U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) again demonstrated her ongoing commitment to representing the interests of Nebraska’s farm and ranch families by introducing legislation that would bring a much needed, common sense approach to regulations governing on-farm oil and fuel storage.”
 
“As introduced by Sen. Fischer, the ‘Farmers Undertake Environmental Land Stewardship Act’ or ‘FUELS Act’ would exempt the vast majority of Nebraska’s farms and ranches from having to comply with the EPA’s ‘Spill Prevention Containment and Control (SPCC) regulations which were established to prevent spills from oil refineries.”
 
“As farmers and ranchers who rely on the land for their livelihood, we understand there is a time and place for environmental protections. However, when it comes to on-farm oil and fuel storage, there is no significant history of petroleum spills from agriculture operations that justify the expansive and widespread regulatory scheme EPA has sought to push on farm and ranch families. This is clearly a case of EPA trying to use regulations to solve a problem that simply does not exist.”
 
“If enacted, Sen. Fischer’s FUELS Act could save Nebraska farm and ranch families thousands of dollars in regulatory driven facility upgrades and potentially thousands more in regulatory paperwork requirements.”
 
“We thank Sen. Fischer for her efforts to help lessen the regulatory burden on Nebraskans and look forward to working with her to secure passage of the FUELS Act.”