EPA: Milk = Oil – HUH? WTF?
<Cue Twilight Zone theme music>
WARNING: This is not from The Onion or some kooky YouTube video. It is not an urban legend nor was it cooked up by some anti-government blog (like mine).
This story (from the Grand Rapids Press) is a perfect companion piece to a recent post of mine. In probably one of the most stunning examples of regulation overreach by a federal agency in history, the EPA has classified milk as oil in order to impose stricter regulation on its storage and containment. MILK? Are you f**king KIDDING ME?
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.”
Naturally the dairy industry and some members of congress are fighting this lunacy. They are hoping for, at minimum, a delay in this action until someone with an iota of sanity can rescind this absurd policy. Given that the EPA is full of space aliens, there may not be much hope.
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.
Since the EPA regards milk as oil, one wonders if we’ll have to call in a hazmat team if some little kid drops a scoop of ice cream off his cone.
What f**king planet are these people from???