U.S. House Passes
Dust Bill That Would Help Protect Off-road
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Rural "nuisance dust"
would be regulated by state and local officials
rather than the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) under a bill approved by the U.S.
House on Dec. 8, the American Motorcyclist
Association (AMA) reports.
approved the bill by a 268 to 150 bipartisan
vote. The measure -- H.R.1633, the Farm Dust
Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 -- now goes to
the Senate for consideration.
would bring much-needed certainty to the
off-highway vehicle (OHV) community by exempting
rural nuisance dust from EPA regulation and
allowing states and localities to regulate it,
said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for
"Allowing the EPA
to regulate rural dust rather than state and
local officials who know the areas well could
lead to de facto bans of OHV use on racetracks,
in designated recreation areas, on trails and
even on private property all across this
country," Allard said. "That's why it's critical
that this measure pass the full Congress."
The EPA staff and its Clean Air Science
Advisory Council -- in its review of the
national ambient air quality standards that is
required every five years under the federal
Clean Air Act -- recommended that the EPA
administrator consider imposing a much tighter
particulate matter (PM) standard for nuisance
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
indicated she doesn't support the staff and
Clean Air Science Advisory Council position in a
letter dated Oct. 14 to Chairwoman Debbie
Stabenow (D-Mich.) of the Senate Agriculture,
Nutrition and Forestry Committee.
with Jackson's statement, the AMA and its
partner organization, the All-Terrain Vehicle
Association (ATVA), are concerned with the
likelihood of a tougher PM standard, and,
therefore, support the passage of H.R. 1633.
To ask your senator to support the bill, go
AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Rights > Issues &
Legislation, then enter your zip code in the
"Find your Officials" box.
The AMA is
tracking how federal lawmakers vote on issues of
concern to motorcyclists and ATV riders, and
this is one of the bills being tracked. The
voting results will be included in the AMA's
2012 "Vote Like A Motorcyclist" Voter Guide,
which is a tool to help AMA and ATVA members
decide how to cast their ballots in November.
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