Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I am pleased to be here today to discuss the two proposed rules that are aimed at streamlining the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Program to help clarify some of the confusion that is felt by those affected by this. I understand this is clearly an important issue that affects our farmers, as well as our airports and others. Thus, we are here today to better understand how this rule will really help our constituents. For instance, I know the Ohio corn growers were concerned about the effects of the 2002 rule and how the rule would affect their members and Ohio farmers. By the same token, they are heartened by some changes that are now being proposed to the 2002 rule.
Today, we are examining whether those changes are adequate and equitable. Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing, and I thank the witnesses for being here. I look forward to your comments.