FRANKFORT, KY (12/9/11) - U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, Chairman of the House Energy and Water Subcommittee, today led the fight in passing a bill through the House of Representatives that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating farm dust.
The bill, H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, would prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from proposing, finalizing, implementing, or enforcing any regulation revising the national primary or secondary ambient air quality standards for one year.
“American farmers, ranchers and other rural businesses, like many other sectors of this economy, have faced an onslaught of EPA regulation; regulations that are costly and make it more difficult to create jobs in America at a time when America needs jobs,” said Whitfield in remarks delivered from the House floor. “…This is a commonsense piece of legislation that protects jobs in America and protects our exports…”
The bill also prevents EPA from regulating what is referred to as “nuisance dust” in rural areas, such as dust from gravel roads and dust from agriculture harvesting. These new rules were under consideration by EPA under the authority of the Clean Air Act and have been widely debated at EPA since as early as 1971. Kentucky’s farmers and ranchers have too many other priorities to be concerned with and do not need to worry about another, over-reaching regulation on something as common in Kentucky as dust from the road.
The bill passed the House by a vote of 268-150 and now goes to the Senate for consideration.
Information provided by Robert Sumner
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