Source: Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association
 
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay in National Cotton Council v. U.S. EPA until Oct. 31, giving EPA and lawmakers more time to figure out how the requirement will be implemented.

The deadline for complying with this regulation has been changed from April 11, 2011, to Oct. 31, 2011. In the meantime, legislation has been introduced in Congress, which will exempt agriculture from having to comply with this burdensome requirement.

This week, probably on Thursday, March 31, the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on HR 872, which is legislation to eliminate the need for NPDES permits for pesticide applications.

There are nearly 100 co-sponsors of this legislation which has gotten bi-partisan support. Illinois Congressmen Tim Johnson, Bobby Schilling, John Shimkus, Jerry Costello, Aaron Schock and Randy Hultgren are co-sponsors.

Please contact your U.S. Congressman by calling their office in Washington. D.C.. and ask them to vote YES on HR 872. Tell your farmer customers to do the same; as it stands, anyone who would treat a farm pond for aquatic weeds would have to get a permit first from EPA.

This regulation sets a troublesome precedent for pesticide licensing that will only expand in the future beyond aquatic applications if HR 872 fails.