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banning of farm dust.............. :wall:

the fine print also classifys livestock manure as HAZARDOUS WASTE...... :td:

crazy!!!!!!!! :confused:




Jobs Bill Should Ban EPA From Regulating Farm Dust

One of the most egregious errors in President Barack Obama's American Jobs Act, and his speech Thursday night, was his failure to publicly state that his administration would revoke the dust rule.

I was with some farmers in northern Maryland, watching the speech, and they expressed complete shock and dismay that the president hadn't mentioned the crippling effects of excessive regulation the dust rule has had on their specific operations and livelihoods. Granted, it was difficult to demonstrate given the 10 inches of rain that had poured down on their operations, but that nonetheless didn't diminish the impact of the heavy burden borne under the dust rule.

I also spoke to a renowned agricultural economist who explained in explicit terms how banning the EPA dust rule is the lynchpin to a stronger overall American economy. Revoking the dust rule would have a greater net positive impact on job growth than any expansion or extension of tax cuts for businesses, infrastructure spending for roads and bridges, or the Kansas City Chiefs winning a Super Bowl.

The Congressional Budget Office has scored that banning a rule on farm dust would reduce the federal budget deficit by $1.5 trillion. I'm pretty sure this point has already been raised with the Super Committee but Democrats are blocking it.

You see, what's the value of completely deducting the value of a new piece of farm machinery, eliminating payroll taxes on a new employee, or having that old bridge on County Road Z upgraded if the EPA is going to hire 10,000 county dust monitors to watch your farm with satellite photography during harvest to gauge the dust coming off your combine? Yeah, might thoughts exactly.

Why bother passing the Colombia, Panama and South Korea free-trade agreements if those countries are going to apply EPA particulate matter rules to U.S. beef and pork production to ban our products under frivolous phytosanitary rules?

Revoking the dust rule would finally loosen the gridlock that has stalled commodity prices. Japan's new government also has released a statement that it would consider further opening up its markets to American beef if we could only show scientific evidence that dust rules would not degrade the quality of U.S. beef or inhibit the ability to adequately deliver dust-free beef to the country.

I've visited with ranchers in drought-stricken Texas who tell me they culled out their cattle herds not because they couldn’t feed the animals, or provide water to them. EPA monitoring of dust erosion off their properties was going to translate into future citations that would exceed any economic value that could come from keeping their animals.

What a tragedy.

Those farmers in Maryland told me they would forego direct payments, crop insurance, ACRE and SURE if there was just some regulatory certainty that the dust rule wouldn't shut down their operations. Profitability would be basically assured if this rule were revoked.

Fortunately, we have champions who have raised the bar on this job-killing EPA overreach. Bills have been introduced in the House, and now the Senate to make it clear that the EPA would be banned from regulating farm dust.

The challenge, however, is that authors of this legislation cannot find the rule in the Federal Register or EPA regulations regulating farm dust. Lawmakers have demanded EPA provide the rule, interim rule, proposed rule and advance notice of proposed rule, yet to no avail. Yet EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has again, arrogantly repeated mythological statements that the EPA has no plans to regulate farm dust.

However, using my investigative skills, what I have uncovered is that EPA has used a United Nations memo to turn over farm dust regulations to the Department of Homeland Security's new Farm Dust Agricultural Administrative Agency, or the DHSFDAAA. Under Executive Order BR549, the EPA and DHSFDAAA are sharing office space in the Department of Defense's High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program in Alaska. You see, the ionspheric waves produced at the HAARP facility are able to artificially produce dust, thus allowing the Obama administration to run all of agriculture out of business through dust citations.

I will go into this further, but only after I've gone into hiding.

It's important that America's new economy job creators --- trade associations --- continue to work to pull back the veil behind this job-killing, burdensome, excessive overreach so that markets can function properly and farmers can finally see fair prices for their goods.

You aren't going to find this anywhere else, but we can make sure that the EPA and DHS are unable to regulate farm dust, thus opening up the American economy to a new level of prosperity not seen since in our lifetime. And, it would further free up the time and energy of farm-dust advocates to champion other causes that could grow the economy and create jobs as well.

I can be found on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN.


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Edited by MUDDY

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Outlawing dust bowls

March 07, 2011

Take a deep breath: After years of argument and litigation, the Environmental Protection Agency is poised to regulate farm dust.

Yes, farm dust. That is, ordinary dust produced through ordinary farming operations.

Ever heard that old saying, "Plant in the dust and your bins will bust?" Pretty soon anyone who plants in the dust could be busted for it.

The EPA's farm-dust initiative has roots stretching back to 1987, when the agency cracked down on soot and other small particles in the air.

As the agency revised those rules in 2006, farmers recognized that farm dust might be swept up under the same standards applied to the traffic and industry of dense urban areas. Their advocates sued, saying the EPA should distinguish between particles concentrated in crowded cities, where protection is needed, and "nonurban" particles that pose no proven threat. But clean-air advocates prevailed, in a ruling that cleared the way for the EPA to step in even if the impact on human health is "inconclusive."

Although the agency hasn't issued a new proposal yet, farm-state lawmakers from both parties have been bracing for something disruptive and impractical. Even if it were possible to pave all the dirt roads in all the rural byways coast to coast, how are corn-and-soybean farmers supposed to harvest their crop dust-free? And are ranchers supposed to walk their feedlots with pooper scoopers to dispose of manure before their cattle kick it up?

Banning farm dust because it might cause a respiratory hazard is like asking farmers to mop up the morning dew because the droplets might be contaminated.

Unfortunately, few expect the EPA to deal with this matter in a reasonable manner — and that's too bad, because agriculture needs sensible regulation to reduce bona-fide threats to public health.

Farming lacks the federal safety rules and inspection regimens that have reduced the death toll in mining, construction and other dangerous industries over the years. Fatalism, self-reliance and economic pressure make farmers especially resistant to even the most practical life-saving measures, such as requiring rollover protection on older tractors still in use. The prospect of government control threatens deeply held values, so farmers take their chances with machinery entanglements, livestock assaults and other rural risks that safety advocates have struggled for decades to systematically reduce.

What a shame if the EPA, as many lawmakers expect, unveils the sort of regulation that gives regulation a bad name.

Dust is a fact of life on farms, and the agency must distinguish between legitimate, controllable hazards and the inevitable byproduct of working with dirt.

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EPA set to crack down on farm dust

Agency believes dust is a pollutant and wants to impose stringent limitations on the amount of dust farmers are allowed to kick up while plying their trade.

August 9, 2010by Bonner Cohen, Ph. D.

As if fickle weather and a sluggish economy weren’t enough to worry about down on the farm, America’s farmers may soon be facing a new threat to their livelihood: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

EPA’s regulatory machine is moving ever closer to imposing more stringent limitations on the amount of dust farmers will be allowed to kick up while plying their trade. Specifically, EPA is proposing a new standard for particulate matter (PM) that will be twice as stringent as the current one. The Clean Air Act requires EPA every five years to review its regulations that fall under the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

Never one to miss an opportunity to tighten the screws, regardless of the consequences, the agency it’s time to crack down on farmers and ranchers. And that pending decision has set off alarm bells across the country and on Capitol Hill.

In a July 23 letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, 21 senators from both parties expressed their anger over EPA’s plans. “The current standards have been difficult if not impossible for industries in the Western portion of the countries to attain, including agricultural operations,” they wrote. “We respect efforts for a clean and healthy environment, but not at the expense of common sense.”

“Whether it’s livestock kicking up dust, soybeans being combined on a dry day in the fall, or driving a car down the gravel road, dust is a naturally occurring event,” they added.

Farmers are fond of referring to themselves as “sod busters,” but few of them likely ever expected that the activities necessary for Americans to put food on the table would incur EPA’s wrath. Curtis Roberts is a fourth-generation farmer and rancher in Arcadia, Oklahoma, who is used to dealing with dust. “If the dust is detrimental to us, it’s going to be to everybody else,” he told KWTV in Oklahoma City (July 30). “We’re not going to do anything to hurt ourselves or our farm.”

“Anytime you work ground, you’re going to have dust,” Roberts told the television station. “The regulations are going to put us down and keep us from doing things we need to keep doing because of the EPA.”

EPA’s proposal, which was released on July 8 in the Federal Register, has kicked up a dust storm in its own right.

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Luetkemeyer Highlights Concerns of EPA’s Ongoing Assault on Rural America

Washington, D.C. , Sep 29, 2010 -

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) and members of the Rural America Solutions Group today participated in a forum that focused on the destructive job-killing policies of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Democratic leadership in Congress.

The EPA’s Assault on Rural America: How New Regulations and Proposed Legislation are Stifling Job Creation and Economic Growth forum was sponsored by the Rural America Solutions Group. Luetkemeyer and his colleagues heard from rural Americans who provided real-life examples of how the actions of the EPA are costing jobs, hindering economic recovery and harming rural livelihoods.

“The EPA appears bent on destroying rural America by regulating private lands and water. The EPA and Majority party’s attempt to regulate everything from mud-puddles to dust is a massive power grab that threatens the livelihoods of our family farmers, small businesses and rural communities,” Luetkemeyer said. “The EPA and Majority party should take the time to speak to the folks in rural America and address the inconsistencies between their support for disastrous cap-and-tax legislation and increased regulations, and the stated goal of job creation and economic growth.”

Missouri’s 9th District has more than 22,000 farms, covering more than 6.4 million acres of land. Agriculture is a bull’s-eye industry for an energy tax because it is energy-intensive. Whether it’s the fuel in the tractor, the fertilizer for the crops, or the delivery of food to the grocery store, agriculture uses a great deal of energy throughout production. An analysis by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance estimates that the House-passed cap-and-tax plan for carbon emissions could increase the average electric rate in Missouri by 10 percent in 2015 compared to 2005. In 2020, the increase could be 17 percent and by 2030, rates could be 82 percent higher. This backdoor energy tax will kill jobs, hinder economic growth, and increase the cost of energy, food and transportation.

Beyond the cap-and-tax plan, the Obama Administration and Majority party in Congress have proposed numerous job-killing regulations targeting rural America:

Expanding the scope of the Clean Water Act to bring every body of water - from irrigation canals to seasonal mud-puddles - under the unlimited jurisdiction of the EPA.

The EPA’s new spray drift policy is a major shift from the decades-old acknowledgement that small levels of pesticide spray drift is unavoidable. The unachievable standard will result in frivolous lawsuits and loss of jobs.

EPA issued a draft policy doubling the stringency of the standard by which farm dust is regulated. Farming activities that kick up dust like tilling a field, operating a feedlot, even driving farm vehicles on dirt roads would fall under this new policy that will hinder farmers’ ability to maintain production and could bring economic growth to a standstill in the agricultural sector.

Banning the use of Atrazine, the second most used pesticide, which could result in the loss of 21,000 to 48,000 agriculture related jobs.

Regulating hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Hydraulic fracturing is a safe, well-regulated technology that enables the production of unconventional natural gas resources – such as shale gas. Imposing new, bureaucratic regulations and red-tape will reduce American energy production and destroy energy jobs throughout the country.

Regulating milk storage under the Clean Water Act like large oil tanks. It is estimated that this action would cost U.S. dairy farmers thousands of dollars in compliance costs.

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EPA Continues Plan to Regulate Farm Dust

In one of its more idiotic moves, the EPA is continuing its move to regulate …farm dust. Farm dust!

This issue has come up before; in 2009 a federal court upheld the EPA’s right to regulate farm dust when the Bush administration tried to regulate airborne soot and dust:

The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council challenged EPA in 2006 over its decision to regulate coarse particulate matter — or dust — in rural areas, arguing that the agency had failed to show any negative health effects associated with the dust (Greenwire, Dec. 15, 2006). EPA had considered exempting farming and mining operations, but the agency ultimately decided it could not exclude particular industries.

Farmers then, and now, naturally decry the move as stifling and ridiculous. Anyone who has ever been on a farm, or on a rural gravel road, knows there’s dust on a farm:

Farming and agriculture groups said the regulations would hurt their industries, affecting everything from combine dust to feedlot dust and even the dust from gravel roads.

In February 2009, the Iowa Defense Alliance wrote:

What the regulations do not do is taking into account the fact that most often farmers do not have control over the creation of this dust. For instance, when you are traveling down the highway and see a farmer planting his field in dry years you see a cloud of dust shadowing the machinery. This dust is created when the machinery stirs up the dirt during the planting process. Or perhaps it is sometime in fall, you see a combine harvesting the beans or corn. As the combine harvests the crop dust is created from the dry plant material in combination with the dirt being stirred up by the combine’s wheels. Another situation when dust is created is not necessarily related to farm work. When a vehicle travels over a dry gravel road dust is created. There really is not much that can be done to quell the production of this dust, but the EPA is insistent on regulating it nonetheless.

The latest maneuver in the debate is a letter to the EPA signed by 21 senators protesting the move to regulate farm dust as explained in a July 8, 2010, Policy Assessment related to the Clean Air Act. The new guidelines “would establish the most stringent and unparalleled regulation of dust in our nation’s history.”

You can read the letter here (pdf – 3 pgs).

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air wrote about this in March 2009:

Now, farmers will be held accountable when their dust moves outside of their property lines and towards towns and villages. That will impose extra cost on them depending on which way the wind blows, an excellent metaphor for Congress but a deadly imposition on a farm sector already struggling with an economic turndown and falling land prices. The compliance costs to keep dust tamped down will be enormous, and will force out the smaller farmers who can least afford the mitigation costs. It pushes the productive family farm even further into the anachronism category.

And he closes:

We need a strong agricultural sector to produce food as inexpensively as possible with maximum efficiency to keep us fed and healthy. Dust may provide some health risks, but nothing as acute as poverty and starvation, which existed in much more significant scale in the US before the Green Revolution of the 20th century.

If such a plan ever moves out of the realm of debate and into practice, it would indeed crush the agriculture industry, especially the family farm. Large corporate farms might be able to handle the extra costs, but the small farmer doesn’t stand a chance.

Where do they think our food actually comes from? It just materializes in a Whole Foods on its own?


Cross posted at And So it Goes in Shreveport

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backyardconservative 7:26 AM on 08/04/2010 Permalink | Reply They are idiots.

Farmers don’t want dust either–they don’t want their topsoil blowing away.

You know, like the Dust Bowl Days of the Great Depression.

They work to preserve their soil every day. What does the EPA know about this anyway.

Jill 7:52 AM on 08/04/2010 Permalink | Reply Tilling the soil is also discouraged, because there’s deadly carbon in there! So Monsanto sells herbicide-resistant seeds – “Roundup ready” – that will sprout and mature no matter how much herbicide is poured on them. (I’m not into organics but this could push me over the edge.) And this is supposed to make the environment cleaner somehow? It’s madness.


jeff 6:30 PM on 03/15/2011 Permalink | Reply i am a farmer, “tilling” of the ground is a nessesay part of growing crops for food. without doing so the seed bed would be very poor especailly in heavy soils. As for roundup ready crops, they are only resitant to round up, wich is much much safer than the cocktail of chemicals we used before, you can drink a glass of round up and be perfectly fine, trust me.people need to learn the facts before they bash round up it is extremly safe

Quite Rightly 9:42 PM on 08/04/2010 Permalink | Reply Hungry people are easily led.

Jerry Cope 8:15 PM on 08/20/2011 Permalink | Reply Yes, hungry people ARE easily led. The Demorrhoids and the EPA need to be stopped by normal, sane people. The upcoming election may be our last chance. I would like to hear from a greenie weenie who agrees with this insanity.

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