Tuesday, August 03, 2010
The EPA is getting ready to regulate the dust raised by agricultural activity, just in case any tractors are still moving after it clamps down on another naturally-occurring substance, carbon dioxide.
The letter [PDF --ed] 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." [link added]The Republicans won't rid of of the EPA any time soon, but there is hope for an effort on the part of Lisa Murkowski to bar "the EPA from regulating emissions from stationary sources" might be revived should they win the Senate in November. Perhaps that would apply to this hare-brained scheme as well.