"WSJ Did Not Publish EPA's Letter Correcting False Claim"

"According to Lisa Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, the EPA sent a letter to the Wall Street Journal objecting to a highly misleading editorial published in January. The Journal has evidently declined to publish the letter.

In a January 27 editorial titled 'Land of Milk and Regulation' the Journal falsely claimed that the Environmental Protection Agency planned to regulate milk spills under the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) program -- which requires certain facilities to have an oil spill prevention plan -- because milk contains 'a percentage of animal fat, which is a non-petroleum oil.' However, as International Dairy Foods Association official Clay Detlefsen has said, the editorial contained 'some inaccuracies.'

Indeed, in January 2009 the EPA proposed a to exempt milk containers from the SPCC regulation. In the meantime, the EPA has delayed the compliance date for milk storage containers to ensure that such facilities would not be subject to the oil spill regulation. The EPA informed the National Milk Producers Federation that it would delay compliance in a June 2010 letter and officially announced the action in October."

Jocelyn Fong reports for the liberal media criticism blog Media Matters March 7, 2011.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011