UPDATE: Federal dust legislation

TSCRA sent an action alert to association members Thursday asking them to contact their senators and urge them to vote for the Johanns amendment to the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act. This amendment would have prevented the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating agricultural and other rural dust.

TSCRA would like to thank all those members who took action.

Unfortunately, the Johanns amendment was never given the opportunity for a vote because of a political – and possibly unprecedented – procedural move by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., that effectively disallowed a vote on the amendment, which was proposed by U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb. TSCRA will continue to work toward Johanns’ dust bill in the future.

In the U.S. House, the House Energy and Commerce committee has moved up the hearing on the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, H.R. 1633, introduced by Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D.

H.R. 1633 would exempt agricultural dust from being regulated if state and local authorities have already implemented dust control measures. In areas with no state or local dust control measures, the EPA would have to show proof of substantial negative health effects and how those effects would outweigh the economic costs of more stringent regulations.

TSCRA strongly supports H.R. 1633 and has signed on to an agricultural industry letter to the House Energy and Commerce committee stating this support.