Please Contact Your Senators and Ask Them to Support H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011
On June 22, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011, with broad bipartisan support. The bill will clarify that National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits are not needed for pesticide applications. It was passed by the House in March. Now that the bill has cleared another hurdle and passed the Senate Ag Committee, we need your help in encouraging Senate leaders to bring the measure before the full Senate.
Under a 6th Circuit Court of Appeals order in National Cotton Council v. EPA, NPDES permits will be required for pesticide applications to, over, or near water beginning October 31, 2011. These Clean Water Act permits are intended to regulate pollution discharges from factories and are not appropriate for pesticide applications. While the initial permit requirements relate primarily to applications of pesticides to or around water, the Clean Water Act’s citizen action provisions could leave terrestrial pesticide applicators vulnerable to lawsuits. Congressional action is needed to specify that NPDES permits should not be required for any pesticide applications.
PLANET strongly supports H.R. 872, and we urge you to click here to write to your senators and ask them to support H.R. 872. Please also call your senators at (202) 225-3121, ask to speak to the staff person who deals with agriculture issues, and encourage the senators to support and pass H.R. 872.
If you have any questions, contact PLANET’s Director of Government Affairs Tom Delaney.