SHEELY: Feds to eliminate dust

Obama’s EPA declares war on America’s farmers

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So, instead of seeing my recycled water as a source of life for a farm that grows food in a dry land, it may treat my water as a potential source of environmental contamination.

The coming micromanagement could be severe. Previous experience with the EPA teaches me that I should anticipate a worse-case scenario - and then assume that the result will be twice as bad.

I don’t want to pollute anything - and I certainly don’t want to pollute my own farmland, where I live and work. Nobody has a greater stake in my farm’s safety than I do.

I support sensible regulations. It’s the insensible ones that drive me batty. The problem is that the EPA often refuses to exercise common sense. Its one-size-fits-all approach is bad for everyone.

The only people it helps are the regulators who seem to think their job is to produce a bumper crop of onerous new rules, without a care for whether rural America produces the food our country needs.

Ted Sheely farms in California’s San Joaquin Valley. He is a board member of Truth About Trade and Technology.

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