Gingrich Makes False Claims About EPA Dust Regulations

Speaking at a town hall meeting in Davenport, Iowa on Monday, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich made a wild accusation, The Des Moines Register reports. The GOP candidate accused the EPA of of considering placing restrictions on farmers against plowing their fields in an attempt to control dust.

Gingrich said he was convinced that the person who made such a proposal “leaves an air-conditioned condominium to get on the metro subway to ride to an air-conditioned federal office building to sit in an office with no windows where they sit back and they imagine dust and then they decide, ‘You know, dust is bad.’”

The only problem? The EPA insists that it has not proposed new rules on farm dust. The agency is conducting a routine review of science on arious air pollutants, but EPA Administrator testified before the House in March and said no changes to particulate matter regulations are being proposed.

That doesn’t seem to bother Gingrich, however.

He concluded: “The EPA is probably the most destructive single organization in the federal government today because it has people who have selected out and who have imposed their will on the American economy and the American society with no regard for common sense and no regard for practicality and that is why we need to replace it.”