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Gardner praises bill to prevent regulation of farm dust

Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) voted to advance a bill, H.R. 1633, to the House floor that will prevent the regulation of farm dust.

“The EPA is notorious for trying to implement regulations through the back door, and that is exactly what is happening with regard to farm dust,” Gardner said. “Despite denials from agency officials saying they don’t regulate farm dust, the Energy and Commerce Committee has demonstrated that these denials are nothing more than semantics.”

During an October hearing on H.R. 1633, the “Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act”, a top EPA official acknowledged that the EPA does regulate “course particles in the air”, which includes farm dust. Therefore, Gardner pointed out during the hearing, the EPA is in fact regulating farm dust. Click below to watch a video of the exchange:

10-25-11 E&P hearing on “Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011” (H.R. 1633) [1]

Today marked the conclusion of multiple Energy and Commerce hearings on the “Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act”, and the measure was approved by the full committee 33 to 16. The bill now advances to the House floor for consideration.