U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) is urging federal regulators to use "common sense" as they consider tightening rules on the dust kicked up by the nation's farms.

Lugar made that request in a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson. He specifically outlined concerns about the potential impact that stricter dust regulations could have especially on farms and rural communities. Representing Indiana, he cited concerns related to the potential impact that such a rule could have on agriculture in the state.

He pointed out that as an Indiana farm owner, he knows that many farm activities such as harvesting and plowing fields can generate dust.

Lugar told Jackson that as EPA weighs imposing tighter dust rules under the Clean Air Act it should be "mindful of the impact they may have on Indiana farmers" as well as farm-related businesses, counties and government entities that maintain roads.

Source: The Associated Press.