Dust Regulations Kick Up Again

The dust regulation issue that seemed dormant for several months has taken on new life, due to an Environmental Protection Agency draft standard. In a story published at www.agwatchnetwork.com, Rick Krause, AFBF environmental specialist, said that the Executive Advisory Committee for Clean Air has issued a draft letter that would cut in half the standard for what the committee calls “course particulate matter,” which is another name for dust.

Krause said while this is not a big deal in urban areas, in more windy rural areas with dirt roads and farms the draft standard would be a problem. “About the only ways you can meet the standard is to stop some of the practices you’re doing,” Krause said. “Stop driving, paving roads and stop planting crops.

Krause believes the draft standard is unachievable, yet he believes EPA could come out with a proposed new dust standard in a matter of weeks. “The next step would be for EPA to try to come up with some proposed ambient air quality standard,” Krause said. “They’re required by law to review these standards every five years and this is part of their normal review for particulate matter. So the next step would be to come out with a proposal probably sometime this fall.”

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