Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson testified before the House Ag Committee Thursday. Jackson addressed some of what she called mischaracterizations that EPA is not listening to agriculture. Jackson told the panel that EPA has worked to establish a consistent dialogue with the agriculture community.
Concerning the "Cow Tax", the notion that EPA intends to regulate emissions from cows, Jackson said that EPA is proposing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a responsible, careful manner and has even exempted agricultural sources from regulation.
"As for the claim that EPA is attempting to expand regulation of dust from farms, we have no plans to do so," Jackson said. "But let me be clear, the Clean Air Act passed by Congress mandates that the Agency routinely review the science of various pollutants, including particulate matter."
Other highlights from the Administrator's testimony include: EPA will soon release a framework memo to regional offices that makes it clear that addressing nitrogen and phosphorus pollution is best addressed by the States, through numerous tools, including proven conservation practices. Also, EPA does not support a "no-spray drift policy. And EPA is on the verge of finalizing an exemption for milk and dairy containers from spill regulations.