When the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new rule to require the installation of air purification systems on farm equipment, it said farmers “will be required to install an air purging system on their farm equipment.”
The rule has prompted an outcry from farmers, who say the rules will hurt their ability to protect themselves from the pollutants emitted from the air purifyers.
“We have been making noise for months,” said Robert Breen, a farmer in South Carolina.
“And now we are seeing the EPA get away with it, so they can say that they are enforcing regulations and then they can’t get out of it.
This is just another example of the Obama Administration being able to say whatever they want, and then go and screw over their own constituents.”
The EPA’s rule is a huge win for the agriculture industry.
While the rule will only take effect for agricultural crops that use air purifiesers, the EPA said it will be effective for agricultural and food processing equipment.
That includes air purificators, which can produce pollutants that can contaminate crops, or air purges, which are used for cleaning.
Air purification plants are often the only way to effectively clean up pollutants from farm equipment.
They are often located in close proximity to the equipment, making it easy for dust to settle in the air, according to the EPA.
It’s important to note, though, that the air filter system required by the rule is not a full air purist system.
The rule requires farmers to use an air purge system that is specifically designed for agricultural use.
“The EPA is claiming that it is an air filter,” said Breen.
“What the EPA has not said is that they have to install the air purge systems on the equipment.
There are other ways to achieve that, but it’s not a air filter.
The EPA is just saying that you have to use the EPA air puritizer, and that is not correct.”
The Obama Administration has been able to make these claims despite widespread opposition to the rule.
“It is outrageous that the EPA wants to create a system that does not comply with federal law,” said Bobbie Satterfield, a spokesperson for the American Farm Bureau Federation.
“Farmers are being charged a premium for air purizers that are not being properly tested and approved by the EPA for the equipment they use.”
The agency has been pushing for the rule since the beginning of its tenure, and even filed a lawsuit in the federal court in Washington, D.C., in December 2016 to force the EPA to take action.
“While we will continue to support the rule, we will not be satisfied until we have a clear, enforceable rule that protects our farmers and our economy,” said John Fogleman, president and CEO of the American Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, which is part of the coalition that is pushing for farmers to be able to use air filters.
“This is a win for farmers, and for American consumers, and we look forward to working with EPA and the Administration to ensure that farmers and consumers have access to air purifications for their crops and livestock.”
A spokesman for the EPA, Jason G. McDaniel, said the agency is reviewing the rule and is “in the process of finalizing an update.”
“As we have stated before, air puriters are an important tool in the fight against pollutants that contribute to climate change, including CO2 emissions from transportation,” said McDaniel.
“However, air filters are not an effective and cost-effective solution for all farmers who use these devices to remove volatile organic compounds from agricultural products.
For example, while a standard air purifcer has a high capacity and can filter up to 10 times the amount of air in a single rinse, the amount that can be removed by a standard filter is much smaller than that.”
The rule was originally issued in December, and is currently pending review by the D.D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
“EPA has been working with Congress to address air purifi…es since the rule was issued, and continues to work to ensure the rule’s implementation will be as safe as possible,” said Jason L. Kopp, a spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan.
“As the rule works its way through the courts, we look to the courts to ensure farmers and producers have access.
We will continue working with lawmakers to make sure the rule has the strongest possible protections for farmers and farmers’ livelihoods.”
“EPA has made clear that the rule applies only to agriculture and has no impact on industrial production,” said Brian E. Brown, a representative for the USDA.
“Any other industrial activity, including the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, does not require air purgators.”
The rules are scheduled to take effect on January 2.
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