STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Barbara McGuire, D-Kearny (District 23) is urging Arizona’s Congressional delegation to support farming and rural economic development by opposing a planned strict regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA has drafted a new policy almost doubling the stringency of the standard by which dust is regulated. Many farming activities kick up dust, and the economic impact this regulation would have on farmers and rural communities in Arizona could be devastating, hindering farmers’ ability to maintain production and bringing economic growth to a standstill.
“The standards would be twice as stringent as the current standards and propel virtually all areas in the desert southwest into non-attainment and trigger costly, and quite frankly, unobtainable control measures,” McGuire said in a letter she wrote to Arizona’s Congressional delegation. “Arizona and the desert southwest will be greatly impacted by this change and further hinder our economic recovery. However, we need to balance jobs with the environment — we all want clean air, including rural families and farmers.”
McGuire has been a valuable advocate for rural Arizona. In May, her bill (HB 2133) was signed into law; it ensures that mines throughout the state are not penalized by the EPA for weather abnormalities that lead to inaccurate readings of air pollution by the mine. (See press release: http://www.azhousedemocrats.com/2010/05/mcguire-mining-bill-signed-into-law.html)
Attached is a letter from McGuire to members of Arizona’s Congressional delegation.