EPA says it won't "bust for dust"
A couple of weeks ago this issue surfaced, with Sen. Chuck Grassley getting some points by setting up a straw man and knocking it over. The EPA, in updating regulations concerning dust emissions, did not specifically exempt agriculture. Of course, dust is a natural part of farming, especially during harvest time, and Chuck got upset (or took advantage of the situation) and made hay over the issue.
The EPA director, at Grassley's behest, came to Iowa this week to let us hayseeds know that the EPA has no intention of regulation farm dust. But, because the studies of dust are "inconclusive", no exemption for agriculture will occur. This still worries some ag leaders.
Frankly, regulating the dust that comes out the back of a combine makes as much sense as forcing goatherders to put diapers on their goats.
Grassley did use this as an opportunity to get the spotlight, especially in calling the EPA director out to Iowa to talk in a farmer's garage on a rainy day. How much did this trip cost the taxpayer, Chuck?
While I would not want to have dust regulated in farming, I think much ado about nothing is being created here.