EPA to Crack Down on Farm Dust
August 10, 2010
By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9
The EPA is considering regulations that would crack down on farm dust.
Curtis Roberts stands at his farm in Arcadia. Farmers like Roberts are concerned about the possible regulations.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a crackdown on farm dust, so senators have signed a letter addressing their concerns on the possible regulations.
The letter dated July 23 to the EPA states, “If approved, would establish the most stringent and unparalleled regulation of dust in our nation’s history.” It further states, “We respect efforts for a clean and healthy environment, but not at the expense of common sense. These identified levels will be extremely burdensome for farmers and livestock producers to attain. Whether its livestock kicking up dust, soybeans being combined on a dry day in the fall, or driving a car down the gravel road, dust is a naturally occurring event.”