Senate May Take Up NPDES Legislation—Your Help Is Needed Today!
The Senate began debating the farm bill this week, and Senate leaders are currently negotiating which amendments to bring to the Senate floor. More than 200 amendments have been filed, including an amendment by Sens. Hagan (D-N.C.) and Crapo (R-Idaho) that would expressly state that National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits are not required for pesticide applications.
PLANET continues to reach out to Congress in support of this amendment, and it would greatly help the cause, if you would take a few minutes, now, to call your senators and ask them to support the Hagan-Crapo farm bill amendment #2367.
You can reach your senators through the Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121. Once connected to their office, ask to speak to the staff person in charge of agriculture. Please encourage the senator to vote “yes” on the Hagan-Crapo amendment #2367.
The amendment includes the text of H.R. 872, which was passed by the full House and the Senate Agriculture Committee last year and would require the EPA to conduct a study about the adequacy of its pesticide regulations to protect water. This is a bipartisan amendment that includes several Democratic and Republican co-sponsors. We hope it will be one of the amendments that Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-Nev.) allows to come up for a vote on the Senate floor.
Please call your senators today and ask them to support this amendment.
If you have any questions, please contact Tom Delaney, PLANET's director of government affairs, at 800-395-2522.