During the House Agriculture Committee meeting Thursday, March 13, the committee approved H.R. 935, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act.
The bill would amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA) to clarify Congressional intent and eliminate the requirement of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the use of pesticides already approved for use under FIFRA.
ARA joined a large coalition of proponents in the agricultural community to voice support for the bill.
H.R. 935 is necessary to address the negative economic consequences of the ruling posed by National Cotton Council v. EPA (6th Cir. 2009), which requires pesticide users to obtain a redundant permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA) or be subject to a costly fine.
More information about the bill is available here: