A federal appeals court ruling last week upholds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “dust rule” for farms.

“EPA is going to begin requiring control of dust,” says Michael Formica, chief environmental counsel to the National Pork Producers Council.

That includes dust as you are driving down a dirt road or your driveway, dust behind your combine when you are harvesting your crop, dust coming from a feedlot, dust generated when you are feeding your animals, Formica said in a Brownfield Network item.

Under the regulations, livestock operators may be required to obtain emissions permits and face monitoring for particulate matter, such as dust from dirt roads and fields.

Of course, much of it will depend on the zealousness of new EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in enforcing the rule.

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Source: Brownfield Network, Greenwire