The Yankton Press and Dakotan apparently still has faith that the Obama administration and the EPA will not enforce absurdly strict environmental regulations regulating farm dust. However I think most Americans have lost that trust for the EPA and President Obama.
I would feel more comfortable taking the EPA’s word not to regulate dust if there was a law making their word binding so they couldn’t change their minds at some point, perhaps the next time the wind blows favorable political dust in the Democrats’ direction.
In The Dust
THUMBS DOWN to Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), who can?t seem to find her way out of an imagined dust storm. Noem, along with Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), have both pushed legislation that would block changes by the Environmental Protection Agency to current air quality standards to include dust created by agriculture. We?ve been skeptical ever since we began hearing allegations that the EPA was going to crack down on farm dust, and for good reason: It is a myth. The EPA reinforced that fact in a recent letter to two U.S. senators, and even the president of the National Farmers Union said he hopes it ?puts to rest the misinformation regarding dust regulation.? However, these latest developments don?t seem to have cleared the dust from Noem?s eyes. She is vowing to continue the push for her legislation. We wish South Dakota?s lone representative would stop trying to stir the fears of farmers and ranchers and instead spend her time fighting real problems rather than imagined ones.
?EPA?s announcement does nothing to change the fact that they are still able to regulate farm dust. If the EPA has no intention of regulating farm dust then they should support my legislation, which excludes farm dust managed at the state or local level from federal regulatory standards,? said Noem.