Grassley propane amendment attached to farm bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Rural farmers may yet escape new regulations on their use of propane.

Senator Charles Grassley added an amendment to the farm bill that would exempt rural farmers from the regulations on quantities of propane greater than 7,500 pounds. The farm bill passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday.

Homeland Security has listed propane as a chemical of interest because it can be dangerous in large quantities.

Grassley says the exemption is needed because most farmers have more than 7,500 pounds of propane. Unless the exemption is approved, the new regulation could cost farmers up to $3,500 in fees.

The amendment would exempt any propane tank in an area that has less than 25,000 people.

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