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Schumer, Owens applaud EPA exemption for farmers

Lawmakers from New York are applauding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for agreeing to exempt spilled milk from certain federal regulations.

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and North Country Congressman Bill Owens say provisions of the Clean Water Act resulted in "extensive red tape" for dairy farmers.

Owens says a 2002 revision included under the 1970 law required dairy farms to have an emergency plan for dealing with milk spills. The revision was created, in part, to deal with chemical and oil spills at major manufacturers and refineries.

Milk contains animal fat, which is an oil. But Schumer and Owens note that it shouldn't have been included in the regulations.

Owens called this week's decision by the EPA to exempt spilled milk a "big win for upstate dairy farmers."

"[They] do not need bureaucracy standing between them and the success of their businesses," he said.

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