The National Pork Producers Council has joined the fight against a new Environmental Protection Agency rule that regulates dust generated by agricultural sources. NPPC will participate with other farm groups in filing a joint brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, urging review of the new EPA rule.

Under the new regulations, livestock operations could be treated as stationary air emissions sources and be required to obtain emissions permits under federal and state laws. As a result, pork production operations would face monitoring for particulate matter such as dust from dirt roads and fields as well as for chemicals, including ammonia, that can form particulate matter.

Other groups urging review of the rule include the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Agricultural Retailers Association.

The organizations explain how regulating rural dust could negatively affect all areas of agriculture and argued that EPA studies found no risk to public health from agricultural dust. They also may be subject to Clean Air Act requirements any time a modification or improvement to their operations is made.

Source: NPPC