EPA Reiterates No Dust Regulations for Farms

EPA Reiterates No Dust Regulations for Farms

National Farmers Union Press Release; Government Relations Contact: Jeremy Peters jpeters@nfudc.org

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reiterated its position this week regarding dust regulations, reconfirming that it has no plans to tighten dust regulations for farms. In a letter to Senate leaders, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson put to rest months of speculation that EPA was moving to double the standard for course particulate matter or PM 10. EPA’s Clean Air Science Advisory Council (CASAC) has been undergoing a review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM 2.5 and PM 10) as required every five years under the Clean Air Act. The CASAC is required to evaluate both retention of current standards or revision of current standards in its review of NAAQS.  Based on the analysis and review of available science, EPA announced it will propose retention with no revision of the current PM10 standard and form. National Farmers Union issued press supporting EPA’s announcement, saying that we hope this action finally puts to rest anxiety regarding dust regulation. Click here to read National Farmers Union’s press release.

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