The letter dated July 23 to the EPA states, “If approved, would establish the most stringent and unparalleled regulation of dust in our nation’s history.” It further states, “We respect efforts for a clean and healthy environment, but not at the expense of common sense. These identified levels will be extremely burdensome for farmers and livestock producers to attain. Whether its livestock kicking up dust, soybeans being combined on a dry day in the fall, or driving a car down the gravel road, dust is a naturally occurring event.”
Farmers in Oklahoma also weighed in recently.
“It’s plain common sense, we don’t want to do anything detrimental,” said farmer Curtis Roberts. “If the dust is detrimental to us, it’s going to be to everybody. We’re not going to do anything to hurt ourselves or our farm.”
“Anytime you work ground, you’re going to have dust. I don’t know how they’ll regulate it,” Roberts said. “The regulations are going to put us down and keep us from doing things we need to be doing because of the EPA.”
Then again common sense is lacking throughout the Obama administration isn’t it? So maybe such a ridiculous proposal shouldn’t be unexpected.
- EPA’s Lisa Jackson misinforms (lies to?) Politico on farm dust (junkscience.com)
- President Obama’s Regulatory Dust-Up (papundits.wordpress.com)
- Oh goody! More EPA regulations (via The Daley Gator) (loopyloo305.wordpress.com)
- Letters: Duncan right to rein in EPA (knoxnews.com)