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U.S. House passes bill to clarify pesticide use regulations

 

By: Georgia Farm Bureau
6/14/2017 1:09:29 PM

 

On May 24, the U.S. House approved a bill, supported by Georgia Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), clarifying congressional intent regarding regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters.

The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017 (H.R. 953) is narrowly crafted to clarify that lawful use of pesticides in or near navigable waters is not excessively covered under two statutes, the Clean Water Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).

The bill passed by a 256-165 vote. Georgia U.S. Reps. Rick Allen, Sanford Bishop, Buddy Carter, Doug Collins, Drew Ferguson, Tom Graves, Jody Hice, Barry Loudermilk, Austin Scott, David Scott and Rob Woodall all voted in favor of the bill, which awaits consideration in the Senate.

"This is an important fix that will reduce red tape and legal liabilities associated with the lawful use of pesticides in protecting public health and food security," AFBF President Zippy Duvall said.

AFBF maintains that the legislation codifies EPA's longstanding interpretation of the law before it was thrown into confusion by a 2009 court ruling, which imposed an additional layer of needless red tape on pesticide applicators.

The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act corrects the duplicative requirements associated with EPA's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) pesticide permit by specifying that NPDES permits are not needed for the lawful application of EPA-labeled pesticides.

 

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