Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is continuing to highlight what he believes to be the senseless regulations placed on family farmers and small businesses by the Environmental Protection Agency. Grassley has sent a letter to Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Darrell Issa, R-Calif., to bring to his attention the EPA's attempt to regulate dust.
"The EPA has released several policy assessments that would lower the particulate matter standards for dust to levels which would be extremely burdensome for farmers and livestock producers," Grassley said. "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 happens, producers could potentially be fined for not meeting the particulate matter standards while still practicing good management practices on their soils."
Grassley says the EPA's attempt to regulate dust is just another example of how out of touch the agency is with the grassroots. The continued disregard for agriculture hurts the economic viability of rural America and hinders job creation. Grassley said he wants Issa to be aware of yet another nonsensical regulation that would slow economic development and cause significant costs on the nation's family farmers.