Noem Amendment to Prohibit Further EPA Dust Regulation Included


WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (R-SD) early this morning joined a majority of her House colleagues in voting in favor of a bill to cut $100 billion from the federal budget this year. The spending cuts were included in legislation that provides funding for the government through September 30th.  The measure also included an amendment offered by Rep. Noem to prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing new rules regulating dust. 

"The best way to grow our economy is to cut wasteful spending and provide small businesses more regulatory and tax certainty.  Cutting spending by $100 billion, as Republicans pledged last year, is an important first step to getting our fiscal house in order," said Noem.

“I am pleased that a bipartisan majority in the House agreed to my common sense amendment to stop further EPA regulation of dust in rural America.  Anyone who has driven a combine through a field knows that dust is a part of rural living.  The possibility of the EPA fining farmers and livestock producers who practice good management through further regulation of dust would be excessive and detrimental to our nation’s vital agriculture industry.  It is hard to think of something more emblematic of Washington’s regulatory overreach than the potential punishment of farmers and livestock producers for kicking up dust,” said Noem.

“There is enough uncertainty for farming in rural America.  We do not need to add to that uncertainty with the threat of tougher EPA regulations on farm dust.  Farmers are looking for certainty about the future.  Burdening them with greater regulations on dust is excessive and will hurt job creation,” said Noem.

The Noem Amendment, which was approved by a vote of 255 to 168, would prohibit the EPA from using any of the funds made available under H.R. 1 (the Continuing Resolution funding the government for the rest of the fiscal year) to modify the National Primary or Secondary Ambient Air Quality Standards for coarse particulate matter under the Clean Air Act.  The amendment is supported by the American Farm Bureau, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, National Corn Growers Association, South Dakota Stockgrowers and R-CALF USA.

H.R. 1 now moves on to the Senate for consideration.  The current funding resolution for the federal government expires on March 4th.


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