The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering how to regulate dust and other materials floating in the air, according to NewsOK. EPA has engaged a team of 23 independent scientists to assess how much dust is in the air to update airborne pollutant standards.
A bipartisan group of 75 lawmakers wrote to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson expressing concern about a draft assessment released in July that would establish guidelines for regulating particulate matter emissions such as farm dust. The assessment called for regulations twice as restrictive as the current ones.
In the meantime, many agricultural groups have expressed their opposition to possible new regulations, which they say could burden the agricultural industry even further.