Chairman Graves Statement on Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act

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Washington, Dec 8, 2011 | DJ Jordan, Wendy Knox (202.225.5821) | comments

“With our economy struggling to rebound from the downturn, now is not the time to saddle small agriculture producers with higher costs and more onerous regulations that could drive them out of business.”

WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today voted in favor of the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 (H.R. 1633), a bipartisan bill that prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating farm dust that is already regulated at the local and/or state level.

“With our economy struggling to rebound from the downturn, now is not the time to saddle small agriculture producers with higher costs and more onerous regulations that could drive them out of business,” said Graves.

“Although EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has announced the EPA plans to retain the current standard— the EPA still has the authority to change it at anytime. That is why legislation is needed to ensure family farms and small agriculture businesses are protected from more burdensome EPA standards and have the confidence to continue growing and reinvesting in their businesses. The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act does just that.

“It would be advantageous for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to bring up this common sense bill immediately; along with the 25 other House passed bills that the Senate has taken no action on, so that our farmers and producers have the certainty they need to do business instead of worrying about more futile EPA regulations.”

In November, the House Small Business Agriculture, Energy and Trade Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), 
held a hearing to examine the ramifications for farmers and other small businesses of possible regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including possible farm dust regulations and the new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements under the Clean Water Act.

 

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