While the EPA has said it will not propose to lower the standard for dust this year – the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association is continuing to press for passage of the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act. Testifying on behalf of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power – NCBA Immediate Past President Steve Foglesong explained that EPA doesn’t have a consistent track record of doing what it proposes. He pointed to 1996 – when EPA proposed to remove the dust standard altogether – only to bring it back in the final rule. Then in 2006 – he notes EPA proposed to exempt farm dust. That exemption disappeared from the final rule.
Even if the EPA does retain the current dust standard – Foglesong says the opportunity remains for the agency to tighten it in the future. He told subcommittee members that farmers and ranchers need regulatory certainty – and cattlemen believe the best way to do that – is for Congress to pass the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act.