INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar is urging federal regulators to use "common sense" as they consider tightening rules on the dust kicked up by the nation's farms.

The Indiana Republican makes that request in a letter to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson. Lugar says he's worried about the potential impact stricter dust regulations could have on Indiana, especially on farms and rural communities.

He says that as an Indiana farm owner himself he knows that many farm activities such as harvesting and plowing fields can generate dust.

Lugar says that as the EPA weighs imposing tighter dust rules under the Clean Air Act it should be "mindful of the impact they may have on Indiana farmers" as well as farm-related businesses, counties and government entities that maintain roads.

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