WASHINGTON – Colin Woodall, vice president of government affairs for National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, had a lot to say after thanking sponsoring House representatives on the passage of three amendments to H.R. 1. which funds the federal government through the end of this fiscal year. If passed by the Senate, the amendments will block the Environmental Protection Agency’s funding to regulate dust and implement its Total Maximum Daily Load rule for the Chesapeake Bay and its nutrient criteria rule for Florida.

“I hope the activists turned government officials at the Environmental Protection Agency were listening to the very clear signal sent by the US House of Representatives that enough is enough,” Woodall said. “Our elected leaders are growing weary of defending this agency that appears to be determined to put farmers and ranchers out of business. Burdensome, job-stifling regulations are never a good thing. But when you have a struggling economy on the verge of a rebound, government overreach is definitely not a way to stimulate job growth and economic recovery. On behalf of US cattlemen and women, I commend Representatives Kristi Noem (R-S.D.), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) for leading the charge against overregulation and in support of economic growth in rural America and throughout the country.”

“We are thankful Rep. Noem’s commonsense and knowledge of the agricultural industry prevailed in the House over attempts to regulate family farmers and ranchers out of business,” he said. “Regulating dust on a farm or ranch is like regulating flour in a bakery. Quite simply, it is ridiculous.

“We all need to stop and question EPA’s motives since it is well known that scientific studies have never shown, whatsoever, that agricultural dust at ambient levels causes health concerns,” he said.

“Representatives Goodlatte and Rooney, both from states where agriculture is extremely important, understand the need for peer reviewed science before regulations are imposed that would cause for sale signs to become a frequent occurrence on farms and ranchers across the country, Woodall said.

“Rep. Goodlatte’s amendment to stop funding for EPA to implement its TMDL rule for the Chesapeake Bay, which is based on flawed scientific assumptions, could also prevent the model from becoming a template for other watersheds,” he added. “EPA’s data was even proven inaccurate by another agency in the same administration. One would think that contradiction would encourage EPA to take another look. Rep. Rooney’s amendment would protect cattle producers in Florida from EPA’s extremely detrimental, scientifically indefensible nutrient criteria rule. Both of these rules, if implemented, will cost cattle producers millions of dollars in compliance costs, financially devastate state economies and erase thousands of jobs.

“We hope these amendments don’t stop with the US House of Representatives. We urge the Senate to follow suit if they plan to stop government overreach and job-stifling regulations,” he concluded.