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EPA Considering Regulating Farm Dust

Several western lawmakers are saying the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is out of line with proposals to regulate dust. The EPA wants to establish guidelines...
October 7, 2010

Several western lawmakers are saying the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is out of line with proposals to regulate dust. The EPA wants to establish guidelines for regulating "particulate matter emissions" -- also known as "dust". Proposals would specifically regulate farm dust which means farmers could have to have dust collectors on their harvesters, planters and haying equipment.  Other regulations could be far-reaching enough to require gravel and dirt roads to be controlled with water or hard surfacing to control dust. A July draft assessment stated, "EPA lays the foundation for establishing the most stringent and unparalleled regulation of dust in our nation's history." Objections are being filed by both Democratic and Republican farm state legislators.

"Farmers could be fined for everyday activities like driving a tractor down a dirt road or tilling a field," said Tamara Thies, chief environmental counsel of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. "It would effectively bring economic growth and development to a halt in many areas of the country."

Click here to read EPA Discusses Unprecedented Dust Regulation (AG Week 10/5/2010)