Oct 17 2011
WASHINGTON, DC–U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) issued the statement below following the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement that it will not revise its regulations on coarse particulate matter at this time.
“EPA’s announcement does nothing to change the fact that they are still able to regulate farm dust. If the EPA has no intention of regulating farm dust then they should support my legislation, which excludes farm dust managed at the state or local level from federal regulatory standards,” said Noem.
Noem’s bipartisan bill (H.R. 1633) would exclude farm dust that is regulated at the state or local level from federal standards. There is nothing on the books today that would prohibit the EPA from regulating farm dust at some point in the future.
Noem said that despite EPA’s announcement, she will continue pushing for full consideration of her legislation.
“EPA’s announcement to keep the current standard in place is welcome news but it does not give farmers and ranchers the certainty they need moving forward,” said Noem.