Congressmen from both side of the aisle came together Monday to announce the filing of legislation to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating dust.
The bill would establish a temporary stay on all revisions of national ambient air quality standards covering coarse particulate matter. It would also limit federal regulations of dust and particulate matter in areas in which it is already regulated through state, tribal or local law.
"The EPA has an important mission but further regulating dust in rural South Dakota isn't part of it. This bill will help provide certainty to our farmers, ranchers, and small business owners so they can focus on growing their business and creating jobs without the threat of burdensome new EPA dust regulations. I'm pleased to focus my first bill on stopping the job-destroying overreach of the EPA," said one of the bill’s four authors, Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D.
With devastatingly dry conditions plaguing much of the south, any sort of regulation of dust and coarse matter were severely impact producers as they begin working in the field for the spring and summer months. The EPA has conducted test on dust found in the area in several locations across the state and has declared its intentions to move forward with legislation that would limit the amount of coarse matter found in the area at any given time.
Other authors include: Rep. Leonard Boswell, D-Iowa, Rep. Robert Hurt, R-Va., and Larry Kissell, D-N.C. The legislation has already been endorsed by several agriculture groups including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Public Lands Council and the American Farm Bureau.