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Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas. I rise in opposition to H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011.

I just heard it referred to as ``Tinker Bell,'' but I think this is more like Alice in Wonderland legislation. It seeks to solve a problem that's not there while dancing around a lot of our real problems that we have to deal with in our country and particularly in this Congress.

This bill would prohibit the EPA from proposing, finalizing, implementing, or enforcing any regulation revising the National Ambient Air Quality Standards applicable to coarse particulate matter for 1 year from the date of enactment.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson committed in an October 14, 2011, letter that the EPA plans to propose keeping the PM10 National Ambient Air Quality Standards as they are, with no change. These standards have been in place since 1987.

When Gina McCarthy, the Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation at the EPA, testified before our Energy and Power Subcommittee of the full committee, she also confirmed that this bill is not necessary since the administrator plans to propose retaining the current standards that have been in place since 1987.

For this reason, I did not support H.R. 1633 when it came up for a vote in our Energy and Commerce Committee, and I encourage my colleagues to oppose it today. I've had very public disagreements with the EPA on other regulations they are revising, but this bill is a solution in search of a problem, and it is not a good use of our congressional time. Taking up a bill that's not necessary hurts our efforts to work with the EPA and to revise some of the standards the EPA is setting that are real problems. That's why, Mr. Chairman, I urge a ``no'' vote on this bill.


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