Farm Dust Bill Guts Clean Air Act: EPA Air Chief

Law360, New York (October 25, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality chief told the House subcommittee on energy and power Tuesday that a bill aimed at preventing the agency from regulating dust in rural areas threatened to unravel a host of emissions regulations.

Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, told the subcommittee that H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, could damage the core health protections of the Clean Air Act because it was overbroad.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., seeks...
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