The Environmental Protection Agency has thoroughly debunked the notion that it’s going to crack down on farm dust. But that didn’t stop the U.S. House, including Kansas’ delegation, from passing the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 last week. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, took credit for shepherding the bill through committee, saying in a statement: “I’m proud to say that today House Republicans provided a win for farmers in Kansas and across the nation — the EPA’s regulations on ‘farm dust’ are nothing now but dust in the wind.” Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, said: “It’s not just current regulations that present problems for our farmers and ranchers. It’s also the proposed or even just discussed regulations that have them concerned.” In any case, President Obama opposes the bill, which stands no chance of passing the Senate.
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