From: The Ripon Advance
On Wednesday, legislation supported by the agricultural industry that would eliminate a problematic regulation was introduced by Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Jerry Moran (R-KS).
The bipartisan bill would remove – for qualifying agricultural professionals – the current requirement to obtain a hazardous material endorsement before transporting diesel fuel, which is necessary for many farming and ranching operations.
“Our farmers and ranchers work tirelessly to provide the world with the most abundant and safest food supply in the world. The least we can do is remove frivolous government red tape that makes their efforts more onerous,” Roberts said. “Requiring our producers to treat a truck transporting large amounts of diesel fuel in a similar fashion to hauling radioactive material is patently absurd and is simply another example of the federal government’s overly burdensome regulations stifling the rural economy.”