House committee passes bill to ban EPA regulation of nuisance dust

… including farm dust.

Politico reports,

The House Energy and Commerce Committee operated on the Clean Air Act on Wednesday, passing legislation that would cut into the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate particulate matter in numerous situations.

“We don’t trust EPA. We know they’ll come back. We know they’ll go after dust. … That’s why we have this bill,” Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) said…

The bill goes beyond its commonly stated farm dust mission to exempt a variety of situations from Clean Air Act authority, including dust emissions from open-pit mining, Shimkus said. “I’m here for my open-pit mines in Illinois, that we don’t shut them down. … For us, it’s about jobs and an overzealous EPA,” he said.

Read the Politico report.

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