WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and his colleagues in the House have passed a bill, H.R. 1633, which would protect agriculture from unrestrained dust regulations that are harmful to jobs in rural Colorado.
“In case the administration hasn’t noticed, agriculture involves a lot of dirt – we drive down unpaved roads, plow fields and work with livestock. Trying to over regulate the dust stirred up from these activities, which are routine to rural life, would without a doubt put farmers and ranchers across the country out of business,” Gardner said.
Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA asserts the authority to regulate “coarse particulate matter,” which includes dust from farms. H.R. 1633, which Gardner has co-sponsored, provides immediate relief to farmers and rural areas by preventing the EPA from imposing stricter dust standards than what is already in place.
The House passed H.R. 1633, also known as the “Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act,” 268 to 150 Thursday afternoon.