This week’s Cotton Newsline is 3 cuts. All cuts are Robbie Minnich, senior government relations representative for the National Cotton council.
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Farmers are closely monitoring a longstanding and recurring debate over whether to clamp down on “rural fugitive-dust.” Robbie Minnich, senior government relations representative for the National Cotton Council says EPA is reviewing its airborne pollutant standards, as required every five years under the Clean Air Act.
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Minnich says in July, nearly two dozen senators from farm states urged EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in a joint letter to keep in place the current particulate standards, approved in ’06.
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Minnich says agricultural interests contend that there is no scientific evidence supporting a need for tighter regulations on dust.
The agency is expected to release a final document next month spelling out its options for revising the standards. The EPA plans to announce any proposed changes in February and likely will approve a final updated rule by Oct. ’11. The agency then would determine which areas of the nation will not meet those new standards.