Tom Lawrence of the Mitchell Daily Republic has a very good story out about Tim Johnson, the EPA and the farm dust legislation. The story highlights Senator Johnson’s change of position.
Sen. Tim Johnson has said recently that politicians crusading against farm dust regulations are using ?scare tactics? to inflame a ?non-issue,? but he signed a letter last year expressing ?continued concern? about the potential regulations.
Before Johnson decided we could trust the EPA to be reasonable:
?We respect efforts for a clean and healthy environment, but not at the expense of common sense,? the letter states. ?These identified levels will be extremely burdensome for farmers and livestock producers to attain. Whether it?s livestock kicking up dust, soybeans being combined on a dry day in the fall or driving a car down a gravel road, dust is a naturally occurring event.?
The letter was signed by 23 senators, including Johnson and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and other senators of both parties from Midwest states.
So who is Senator Johnson looking out for these days? South Dakota or liberal bureaucrats?