U.S. House passes dust bill that would help protect off-road riding
December 08, 2011
"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 House 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
The bill 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 government relations.
"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."
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 dust.
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.
Even 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 to 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.