Based on new information from NMPF, producers SHOULD NOT report before next Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Karl Czymmek and Curt Gooch

EPA has released the following statement:

“Farms with continuous releases must submit their initial continuous release notification starting on November 15, 2017.

Due to the potential for large call volumes to the National Response Center (NRC), we are establishing an email option for initial continuous release notifications. The system should be available by November 15, 2017.

Farm owners/operators may use the email option once it is available, rather than calling the NRC. This expedited option will allow one email notification for owners/operators with multiple farms.”

NMPF indicates that this action is unrelated to the deadline extension request that is under legal review. We will pass on new information about the possible extension as it becomes available, probably sometime next week.