House passes Red Tape Reduction Act after ARA testimony
3. EPA’s proposed spray drift guidance document that changes the legal standard found in FIFRA to an essentially zero-tolerance spray drift standard.
4. EPA’s proposed guidance document to expand jurisdiction of the CWA without obtaining the necessary statutory changes or going through the formal rulemaking process.
5. Numeric Nutrient Criteria regulations in Florida, the Mississippi River Basin and the Chesapeake Bay.
6. Dust regulation in the agriculture industry.
7. Greenhouse Gas Regulations and the increased compliance costs to the suppliers of agricultural retailers, which are passed along to the retailer and farmer.
In conclusion, Pirkle spoke on behalf of agricultural retailers asking Congress to hold regular oversight hearings regarding federal agency regulatory and enforcement activities. He also requested that Congress take necessary legislative action to prevent EPA from over-reaching its statutory authorities in the areas highlighted in his testimony.
ARA and its member companies are strong stewards of the environment and continue to operate in an environmentally safe manner. ARA welcomes the opportunity to continue to work with Congress and EPA to provide any needed statutory clarifications to improve regulations. For more information, visit www.aradc.org.