(Posted Wed. Sep 5th, 2012)
Sept. 5: The National Corn Growers Association recently submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signaling support for the agency’s June announcement that retains the existing standard for coarse particle pollution, known as PM10. The announcement came after the EPA reviewed the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter.
“We believe the current standard is sufficiently protective of air quality in agricultural and rural communities,” NCGA President Garry Niemeyer stated in the comments. “Dust is a fact of life in rural America. Creating more stringent regulations could cause many rural counties to fall into nonattainment, shifting additional costs to agricultural producers with minimal environmental benefit.”
Niemeyer also said that states currently have the option of incorporating conservation management practices into PM10 implementation plans to address air quality concerns. States also have the discretion to add monitoring sites in counties with populations of less than 100,000 people even while EPA focuses on urban and suburban areas. This federal and state partnership is an effective way of mitigating health impacts from dust.
To view the entire comments, click here.