Yesterday, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power approved bipartisan legislation to provide much-needed certainty and regulation relief to America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses. H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, passed the panel by a vote of 12-9 and now moves to the full Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration.
H.R. 1633 addresses the threat of increased federal regulation of dust by preventing EPA from imposing more stringent federal dust standards. It also exempts nuisance dust from EPA regulation where dust is already regulated under state, tribal, or local law. The bill passed with an amendment introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) clarifying the definition of nuisance dust to underscore that the bill does not exempt particulate matter generated from combustion, such as from industrial facilities and power plants.