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Noem More Concerned about Imaginary Regulations than Real Dust Storms

Last updated on 2013.03.25

Kristi Noem likes dust.One of the few legislative "achievements" Rep. Kristi Noem can talk about on the campaign trail is passage of HR 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act. (HR 1633 passed the House 268–150 last December, then disappeared.) She got her campaign talking-point crusade against imaginary EPA regulations through the House by saying that rural dust is perfectly natural and poses no significant threat to anyone's health...

...unless of course, you're driving I-35 through Oklahoma:

A massive dust storm swirling reddish-brown clouds over northern Oklahoma triggered a multi-vehicle accident along a major interstate Thursday, forcing police to shut down the heavily traveled roadway amid near blackout conditions.

...The highway patrol said the dust storm caused a multi-car accident, and local police said nearly three dozen cars and tractor-trailers were involved. Blackwell Police Chief Fred LeValley said nine people were injured, but there were no fatalities.

...The area has suffered through an extended drought and many farmers had recently loosened the soil while preparing for the winter wheat season [Justin Juozapavicius, "Oklahoma Dust Storm Shuts Down Portion of Interstate 35," Huffington Post, October 18, 2012].

But hey! Preventing regulation that was not going to happen in the first place is a lot more important than preventing dust storms that send people into the ditch, right, Kristi?


  1. Jerry 2012.10.22

    How many folks in the ag business spoke to Congress on that joke of a bill? I seem to only remember one speaker, but guess that he farms several sections of ground that produces thousands of bushells of corn and wheat.

  2. mike 2012.10.22

    Noem is a failure. Thune and Daugaard do a lot of good. Noem does not.

  3. Joan 2012.10.22

    There was a good letter to the editor about Noem in today's Argus Leader.

  4. Roger Elgersma 2012.10.22

    We have to accept that we can not create massive dust storms when we farm and then go and ask for conservation money. Hog dust is also a health hazard that we can't just sneeze at and then complain about regulations.

  5. Nick Nemec 2012.10.22

    Dust storms would be a thing of the past if all farmers practiced no-till farming.

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