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EPA’s Jackson: Milk exempt from spill regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency will exempt milk from a regulation that requires industries that store petroleum products in large quantities to prevent supplies, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said today.

Jackson told the North American Agricultural Journalists she expects the White House to publish and release the rule late today.

Jackson has noted that Congress wrote the oil-spill bill broadly enough to capture animal fats including milk, but that EPA had decided to exempt milk and that the Office of Management had budget had signed off on the milk exemption. Republicans have repeatedly charged that EPA was planning to regulate spilled milk.

Jackson told the agricultural journalists that she hopes the release of the rule stops “the myth that EPA wants to regulate milk.”