Farm Dust Prevention Act passed by U.S. House a 'meaningless, unnecessary bill' to curb EPA's ability to regulate farm dust, National Farmers Union says

WASHINGTON , December 8, 2011 (press release) – National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act:

“NFU is disappointed that the House of Representatives today wasted taxpayer time and money to pass H.R. 1633 - a meaningless, unnecessary bill to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate farm dust. As EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has repeatedly said, both verbally and in writing to members of Congress, the EPA is not proposing to revise farm dust regulations. Despite this assurance, misinformation regarding potential dust regulation continues to spread across the country, creating unnecessary concern for farmers and ranchers. Congress should stop politicizing this issue and move on to passing meaningful legislation to help farmers, ranchers and rural communities.”

National Farmers Union has been working since 1902 to protect and enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through advocating grassroots-driven policy positions adopted by its membership.

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