Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) is pleased with U.S. House approval of H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, which would remove burdensome, job-threatening regulations governing dust that is kicked up by driving on unpaved roads or by farmers working in their fields. The legislation would stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from altering the Clean Air Act to impose more stringent dust standards.
"We all want to breathe clean air and to protect the environment," said Hartzler. "But this EPA rule defies logic. Dust on farms is composed primarily of ground up dirt and naturally occurring organic materials. Only a Washington bureaucrat could conceive of rules designed to regulate dust on working farms."
"Further regulation of dust by the EPA would severely hamper the ability of farmers, ranchers and other agribusinesses to conduct their businesses," continued Hartzler. "It could subject farm families to hostile and costly litigation and unnecessary stress at a time when they need to be focused on staying afloat financially and feeding the world."
"Farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses are already subject to costly federal and state requirements to control dust," added Hartzler. "This bill provides regulatory relief to the people who put food on our tables."
Vicky Hartzler, elected to Congress on November 2, 2010, proudly serves on the House Agriculture Committee.