U.S. Reps. Spencer Bachus and Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) were among more than 100 cosponsors of legislation that would limit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating naturally occurring dust. The bill passed the House of Representatives Thursday by a margin of 268-150. All of seven members of Alabama’s congressional delegation supported the bill.
U.S. Reps. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) and Robert Hurt (R-Va.) sponsored the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, H.R. 1633. If it becomes law, the bill would limit (EPA) from regulating naturally occurring dust from rural areas to those areas where it is not regulated under state, tribal or local law, where the nuisance dust causes substantial adverse effects and the benefits of federal regulation outweigh the costs.
Coarse particulate matter (dust) is a naturally occurring substance found mostly in rural areas. It is frequently caused by activities on unpaved roads and in farm fields.