Today, U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Vice Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act:
"Imagine farmers being fined for doing things like driving a tractor down a dirt road or tilling a field. That's what burdensome farm dust regulations would mean for our agricultural producers. This unjustified rule would impose significant costs on our farmers, ranchers, and rural communities, and ultimately, full compliance would be impossible to achieve, since kicking up a bit of dust is simply a fact of life on farms and ranches. This important legislation will bring much-needed certainty to Wyoming's farmers and ranchers and some common sense to Washington."
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reviewing the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM). The review is required every five years under the Clean Air Act. The Second Draft Policy Assessment (PA) for PM released on July 8, 2010 in the Federal Register lays the foundation for establishing the most stringent and unparalleled regulation of dust in our nation's history. H.R. 1633 is a part of the Jobs Frontier report, a Congressional Western Caucus initiative which highlights over 40 concrete legislative solutions that would create over 3 million jobs with little or no cost to taxpayers. H.R. 1633 now joins eight Jobs Frontier measures passed by the House and awaiting Senate action.