Originally Posted by Eddie_T
So was the EPA plan addressing the cause or just standards to prevent working in dusty environments?
The former is within the EPA's mandate; the latter falls under OSHA's mandate. The former would be concerned with environmental dust; the latter with ensuring workers had proper protective equipment, i.e. dust masks.
And for the record, no, I don't agree with the EPA that agricultural dust is a significant problem. BUT, I only have first-hand knowledge about agricultural dust in my region, where the environment is not conducive to dust-bowl-like effects, and I know that farmers take certain precautions to prevent even the minimal risk we face.
I'd be a fool if I were to base national environmental regulation on my own region. What is sufficient here would probably be a recipe for disaster in the plains states.