Noem introduces bill to stop rural dust regulation


South Dakota Representative Kristi Noem, Iowa Representative Leonard Boswell, Virginia Representative Robert Hurt and  North Carolina Representative Larry Kissell announced the introduction of a bill to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from burdening farmers, ranchers and small business owners in rural America with additional dust regulations.

The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 is the first bill authored by Freshman Representative Noem.

Specifically, H.R. 1633 develops a two prong approach to preventing the EPA from regulating dust in rural America while still maintaining the protections of the Clean Air Act to the public’s health and welfare. First, it provides immediate relief to farmers and rural areas by preventing revision of the current dust standard for one year from the date of enactment.

Secondly, it provides flexibility for states, localities and tribes to regulate “nuisance dust”. If there is no state or local regulation in place, the EPA must determine that the type of dust or particulate matter in question causes adverse health effects and that the benefits of further EPA regulation outweigh the costs to the local and regional communities, including economic and employment impacts.

The bill is endorsed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Public Lands Council and the American Farm Bureau.

Source: From the office of Representative Kristi Noem