House approves ban on farm dust limits


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The Iowa House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve a bill that would block federal regulations on dust associated with farms, mines and other rural activity.

Most Iowa farms do not exceed current federal emission limitations, but this bill would protect the state if the Environmental Protection Agency were to administer tougher regulations.

President Obama has threatened to veto the bill, and it is strongly opposed by Senate Democrats.

For more information, read the full story at the Des Moines Register.

EPA challenges claims in Herman Cain ad


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“Farm dust” regulation continues to be a hot topic in Iowa, partially due to new advertisements from GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. The radio and television ads claim that the EPA is trying to regulate dust produced during farming and methane from cattle. Continue reading

EPA reneges their “farm dust” regulations


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The EPA is backing away from proposed increased regulations on “farm dust”. Yesterday, the EPA told congress that they would not regulate dust produced by farm operations. This comes after considerable outrage over a proposal that would have tightened the limits on course particles. These particles can be harmful to lung function. Continue reading

Grassley looks to limit farm dust regulations


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Senator Chuck Grassley is concerned that the Environmental Protection Agency is over-regulating dust production in rural areas. For the past five year Grassley has opposed the EPA’s dust regulations, and he just proposed a bill blocking some of these restrictions. The bill looks to both stop the EPA from changing the dust standard during the next year, and to increase the EPA’s leniency towards rural areas.

The Oskaloosa News reports: Continue reading