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Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. FARENTHOLD. Thank you very much.

I rise today in disgust with the dust. The regulations the Environmental Protection Agency are proposing to regulate, coarse particulate matter, what you and I know as dust, is ridiculous. It's indicative of what is wrong in Washington, D.C. with the regulatory framework that has gone wild. This just defies common sense. You cannot farm without kicking up dust.

I was raised on the farms and ranches in south Texas. As we drive to tend the cattle herds, till the fields, or check out what's going on, there's no way to do it without dust. This opens the door to massive regulations. First we start with the farmer. Where's the EPA going to be next, checking under my bed for dust bunnies, putting on a white glove, running their fingers across the top of my doors, or making sure my car is adequately washed?
The EPA's regulation on this is the height of government overreach, the height of a waste of time, the height of a waste of money, and a perfect example of what is wrong with Washington.

We've got to stop this type of crazy government regulation so we can get people back to work, we can get jobs on track, and we can keep our farmers feeding our country and the world.


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