NCBA keeps pressure on EPA to back away from overreaching regulations

Jun 24, 2011
by WLJ

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) followed its recent “Overregulation All Across the Nation” YouTube video with a new video highlighting efforts by U.S. Sen.

John Barrasso, R-WY, to stand up for U.S. farmers and ranchers during a hearing of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Specifically, Barrasso questioned Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson about her agency’s potential revision of the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for coarse particulate matter, more commonly known as dust, as well as the effects EPA’s overreaching regulations have on U.S. cattlemen.

NCBA posted a video of Barrasso questioning Jackson on its Beltway Beef YouTube channel.

“One day Administrator Jackson says it’s a ‘myth’ that EPA is going to propose a rule to regulate dust at new levels and the next day, her staff finalizes final policy assessment leaving the door open for a new dust rule,” NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall said. “Senator Barrasso should be commended for trying to get a solid answer about this important issue and for reminding Administrator Jackson that regulations coming from her agency directly affect the ability of cattlemen to stay in business.”

Woodall said NCBA will continue meeting and working with EPA on issues ranging from air to water to ammonia. However, he said NCBA needs its members to be active on policy issues as well and said social media tools, including YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, have given NCBA more tools to engage cattlemen nationwide.

“NCBA meets with EPA, other agencies and members of Congress regularly, but we also need our members to be engaged,” Woodall said. “Social media is here to stay and we’ll continue using multiple social media tools to inform and activate cattlemen and to further hold this administration accountable for its words and actions.” — WLJ