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Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Bob Hanson and Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) President Tom Hougen have asked Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock to intervene either independently or in support of current petitions challenging the Environmental Protection Agency final rule to regulate greenhouse gases (GHGs) under the Clean Air Act and require permitting for certain stationary sources.
In a letter sent to the Attorney General, they noted that although the EPA said agriculture would be exempt, “the tailoring rule EPA has proposed to protect agriculture is woefully inadequate to accomplish this task. By proceeding with these rules as they stand, the EPA is willfully exposing agriculture to new and costly requirements.” The proposed tailoring rule would create a new minimum pollutant threshold for GHGs under the Clean Air Act at 25,000 tons per year. The existing minimum threshold for other pollutants is just 100 tons per year.
The presidents explained that, “Even though EPA has made it clear that it wishes to explicitly exclude agriculture from the new permitting requirements, we fear the ‘tailoring’ rule the EPA has proposed to accomplish this will not stand up to legal scrutiny.”Several other states are challenging the science of the rule.
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