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Congressman Bucshon Focused On Preventing New ‘Burdensome’ Regulations For Indiana Citizens

H.R. 1633 Still Awaits Senate Approval Prior To Enactment Of Bill
by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer

During a visit to the Spencer Evening World office on January 3, Indiana 8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon took the opportunity to read the day’s headlines. (Staff Photo by Travis Curry) During a visit to the Spencer Evening World office on January 3, Indiana 8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon took the opportunity to read the day’s headlines. (Staff Photo by Travis Curry) Helping form an Agriculture Advisory Committee back in September, Indiana’s Eighth District U.S. Congressman Larry Bucshon (R-Evansville) was one of 121 cosponsors for legislation entitled ‘Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act.’

“I haven’t heard anything on the senate side; there is disagreement on the senate side about the regulatory agenda of the administration,” Bucshon said. “We’ll see. I think the biggest impact that we have on the house side with H.R. 1633 is bringing this issue to the forefront in the public venue so people can see exactly what they’re trying to do. Just like some of the other regulations, hopefully the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) will back down. I think they will, because this is a ridiculous thing.”

The bill would, according to Bucshon’s office, “Limit EPA regulation of nuisance dust to areas where it is not regulated under state, tribal or local law; where nuisance dust causes substantial adverse effects and where the benefits of federal regulation outweigh the cost.”

“Driving down a country road, how can you regulate the dust in the air? It’s just stupid. The fact of the matter is, agriculture-wise, it would have been a significant problem and expense for all of our farmers,” Bucshon said. “It’s good to improve things, nobody disagrees with that. It’s just another ridiculous regulation they’re trying to put in place that’s not good for the Wabash Valley and southwestern Indiana.”

The bill passed the house with a vote of 268 to 150 but has yet to reach the senate floor.

“The reason to do this, even if the senate doesn’t take it up, is because it helps us in the court of public opinion and shows the American people exactly what kind of ridiculous stuff they’re trying to do,” Bucshon told the Spencer Evening World on Thursday. “This is another step that the house has taken to prevent onerous regulations from taking effect. As I have traveled throughout the Eighth District, meeting with farmers and my own Agriculture Advisory Committee, I have heard from many Hoosiers that regulations on farm dust would be detrimental to their operations and impossible to enact.”

The prevention act was met with positive feedback from state entities such as Indiana Farm Bureau.

“On behalf of Indiana farmers, I would like to thank Congressman Bucshon for his support of H.R 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Protection Act,” Farm Bureau President Don Villwock said. “The enactment of this legislation was critically important to farmers all across the country, as well as Indiana. EPA regulation of naturally occurring farm dust from unpaved roads and farming practices would have a negative impact on Indiana’s rural and agricultural economy and we applaud you for your recognition of the need for regulatory certainty in improving the rural economy.” Chairman Fred Upton of the Energy and Commerce Committee expressed similar sentiments for the legislation.

“The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act is a commonsense bill that removes a regulatory threat to growth and prosperity across rural America,” he said. “This bill provides much-needed certainty for farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses so they can thrive and create jobs.”

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