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Miler on SOTU: Spilled milk

by Candice Miller on January 25, 2012

Mich. Representative Candice Miller on Obama’s SOTU:

I am glad that President Obama finally admitted tonight that we need to act strongly to rid ridiculous regulations that add unnecessary costs to American job creators and stifle economic growth. To illustrate this fact he referenced a regulation that the EPA was considering that would have required milk producers to have oil spill containment systems on their farms. He said:

“We got rid of one rule from 40 years ago that could have forced some dairy farmers to spend $10,000 a year proving that they could contain a spill ” because milk was somehow classified as an oil. With a rule like that, I guess it was worth crying over spilled milk.”

I became aware of this issue and introduced legislation in both the last Congress and this Congress to eliminate this regulation. After I introduced this legislation for the second time and gained strong support among my colleagues, I sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson asking her to set aside this regulation. It was only after this action was taken that the Administration acted.

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