House Passes “Dust Bill” To Keep Regulation at a Local Level

rural_dustThe House approved measure H.R. 1633, or The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011, with a vote of 268 to 150. The dust bill will exempt rural nuisance dust from being regulated by the EPA, and instead will allow local and state agencies to regulate it.

The bill will now make its way to the senate.

“Allowing the EPA to regulate rural dust rather than state and local officials who know the areas well could lead to de facto bans of OHV use on racetracks, in designated recreation areas, on trails and even on private property all across this country,” Allard said. “That’s why it’s critical that this measure pass the full Congress.”

Every five years the EP’s  Clean Air Science Advisory Council is required to review the national ambient air quality standards. The CASAC recently recommended that EPA officials tighten up regulations on nuisance dust.

The off-road motorcycling community aren’t the only ones happy with the House’s decision to pass the dust bill preventing the EPA from regulation rural nuisance dust. Farmers are also thrilled with the news.”This legislation is a big win for Texas ranchers and landowners,” said Joe Parker Jr., the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) president. “Regulating agriculture dust without any scientific proof that it is harmful to human health would have had devastating economic impacts on the Texas cattle industry.”

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