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U.S. Cattle Producers Debunk Proposed
Fugitive Dust Regulations
Washington, D.C. (April 18, 2006) – Members of the
National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) are
urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
ditch its proposed regulations of fugitive dust
citing a lack of scientific validity, flawed
assumptions regarding coarse particulate matter
concentration levels, and a preponderance of
technical evidence demonstrating that fugitive dust
from agriculture operations presents no public
health concerns. In comments submitted to the EPA
this week, NBCA urged the following:
"Coarse particulate matter is dust in the wind and it falls out of the atmosphere over relatively short distances, therefore central monitor data is not representative of population exposure. Epidemiological studies that rely on monitored air quality data from central monitors that are not representative of population exposure are fundamentally flawed.
"The fugitive dusts from agriculture, are by scientific definition ‘coarse particulate matter,’ namely particles derived from ‘mechanical division’ of earthen and other materials. Fine particulate matter, on the other hand, is derived from the primary and secondary results of combustion.
"NCBA has detailed and documented the overwhelming scientific consensus on the lack of substantial health or welfare effects from such dusts over the last 30 years in the comments it has filed with EPA."
"Because cattle and other agriculture operations control coarse PM through a variety of technology and management requirements, and rural areas are dusty by nature, little more can be done to comply other than scale back or shut down operations all together."
For NCBA’s Full Comments to EPA and links to extensive reference Exhibits submitted, go to:http://hill.beef.org/coarseparticulatematter
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is the largest organization representing America’s cattle industry. Initiated in 1898, NCBA is the industry leader in education, influencing public policy to improve producer profitability and in preserving the industry’s heritage and future. Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tanya J. Augustson
Director, Public Relations
1301 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 300
Washington DC 20004-1701
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