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Old 08-02-10, 08:21 PM
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EPA to Crack Down on Farm Dust

No - this is not a joke. It's real.

A bunch of idiot bureaucrats who never worked on a farm actually think that it's possible to stop dust.


http://www.news9.com/Global/story.asp?S=12899662

EPA to Crack Down on Farm Dust

July 30, 2010

By Jacqueline Sit, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering a crackdown on farm dust, so senators have signed a letter addressing their concerns on the possible regulations.

The letter dated July 23 to the EPA states, "If approved, would establish the most stringent and unparalleled regulation of dust in our nation's history." It further states, "We respect efforts for a clean and healthy environment, but not at the expense of common sense. These identified levels will be extremely burdensome for farmers and livestock producers to attain. Whether its livestock kicking up dust, soybeans being combined on a dry day in the fall, or driving a car down the gravel road, dust is a naturally occurring event."

Read the letter to EPA signed by 21 senators including Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn

Many in the Oklahoma farming industry are opposed to the EPA's consideration. One farmer said the possible regulations are ridiculous.

"It's plain common sense, we don't want to do anything detrimental," said farmer Curtis Roberts. "If the dust is detrimental to us, it's going to be to everybody. We're not going to do anything to hurt ourselves or our farm."

Roberts, a fourth generation farmer and rancher in Arcadia, said regulating dust in rural areas will hurt farmers' harvest, cultivation and livelihood.

"Anytime you work ground, you're going to have dust. I don't know how they'll regulate it," Roberts said. "The regulations are going to put us down and keep us from doing things we need to be doing because of the EPA."

Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Mike Spradling said the rules could be detrimental to farmers across the Sooner State.

"We as an organization do not feel dust is a pollutant," Spradling said. "It would almost be impossible to comply with what's being addressed now from the EPA as in agriculture. We're doing everything we possibly can."

"It's just common sense, we don't like dust in the morning but it's something we got to live with," Roberts said.
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Old 08-02-10, 10:15 PM
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so farm dust is bad but coal dust is ok?
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Old 08-02-10, 10:16 PM
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Is this dust high in fat or low in fat?
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Old 08-03-10, 01:00 AM
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They could probably tackle the problem easier by regulating wind.
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Old 08-03-10, 11:04 AM
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They could probably tackle the problem easier by regulating wind.
Imagine the revenue taxing the hot air from their mouths.
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Old 08-03-10, 12:13 PM
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Is that what the kids are calling it now? Hopefully less addictive than Vicodin.
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Old 08-03-10, 12:43 PM
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One method to control the dust on dirt and gravel roads is to spray the road with oil. That should help the environment.
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Old 08-03-10, 01:20 PM
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The best solution is get rid of the EPA.
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Originally Posted by Pistol Pete View Post
One method to control the dust on dirt and gravel roads is to spray the road with oil. That should help the environment.
It's hard to get off your car.
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Re: EPA to Crack Down on Farm Dust

My next door neighbor grew up in Oklahoma in the 1920s. He told me what it was like during the Dustbowl. The soil in the air blocked so much sunlight that his mother had to light the lamp during the day.

Of course, like Grundle says, nothing can be done about dust.
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Old 08-03-10, 01:37 PM
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The best solution is get rid of the EPA.

I don't know about that. Have you seen the river water in China?
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Old 08-03-10, 02:07 PM
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This calls for a trillion dollar Swiffer.
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Re: EPA to Crack Down on Farm Dust

Well, the easiest way to get rid of farm dust is get rid of farms. Than, it is just dust.
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The easiest way to get rid of farms is get rid of farm subsidies.
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Old 08-03-10, 05:56 PM
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Yeah - that's what we want in this country - get rid of the farms.

If simply giving more subsidies would create more farms, we wouldn't have nearly this few farms in the country.
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I don't know anything about "farm dust", but I do know that dust storms have been causing increasing problems in Colorado's snowpack; dust events used to be a rare occurrence and now seem like a regular winter event. We sure could use a reduction in dust here.
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It's when they cause problems with the eastern plains of Colorado that you have to worry.

You folks in Boulder are concerned about other things.

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