As if I didn't already dislike the EPA...
The sheer stupidity of this is mind boggling:
As they note at Marginal Revolution: "the issue is not even regulation of milk spills; it's regulation of milk under the oil spill prevention law."
New Environmental Protection Agency regulations treat spilled milk like oil, requiring farmers to build extra storage tanks and form emergency spill plans.
Local farming advocates says it’s ridiculous to regulate a liquid with a small percentage of butter fat the same way as the now-infamous BP oil spill....
The EPA regulations state that “milk typically contains a percentage of animal fat, which is a non-petroleum oil. Thus, containers storing milk are subject to the Oil Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Program rule when they meet the applicability criteria ...”