Source: CropLife America
CropLife America (CLA) sees a mix of positives and areas of uncertainty in the draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 2, the permit is currently open for a 45-day public comment period. CLA intends to work closely with stakeholders and the agricultural community before submitting comments to EPA during this short timeframe.
"CLA's main goal is to protect the ability of growers to responsibly apply crop protection products when necessary, and this permit both mitigates some concerns while also leaving other areas open for interpretation," said Jay Vroom, president and CEO of CLA. "Upon initial review of the permit, it appears that the EPA has remained faithful to its initial timetable and promise to keep the NPDES permit focused on a narrow set of applications. However, little time is available for states and other stakeholders to review and eventually implement the permit. There are also many unanswered questions pertaining to agricultural applications which CLA would like clarified before implementation."