EPA Proposes Dust Standard
Washington--As part of its normal five-year review required by the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency last week proposed retaining the current standard for coarse particulate matter (PM10), which includes dust from unpaved rural roads and on-farm activities.
The American Farm Bureau Federation fought any tightening of the PM10 standard. Tightening the standard for fine particulate matter (PM2.5), or soot, also is on the table. However, the PM2.5 standard mainly deals with cars and factories, not farms. There will be a nine-week comment period on the proposed revisions to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter. AFBF will file comments.