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EPA rules on the side of farmers & common sense with ruling on farm dust
By Communications Director

ST. PAUL (December 19, 2012) –The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized an update to its national air quality standards for harmful fine particle pollution, and they ruled to not change the regulations on dust from farms and other sources.

“Minnesota Farmers Union and National Farmers Union fought hard to make sure these dust regulations would not be changed and so we are pleased that the EPA came down on the side of common sense and decided to not regulate farm dust,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. 

Other common sense regulatory issues that Farmers Union fought for and won on the behalf of family farmers include: allowing for farm kids to continue to work on the farm; and country-of-origin-labeling (COOL) on food.

A federal court ruling required the EPA to update its national air quality standards for fine particle pollution and this announcement fulfills that requirement.