Source: Weed Science Society of America news release



This week, the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) is asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to request a rehearing of the recent Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision defining pesticides as pollutants and requiring Clean Water Act permits before they can be applied in or near water sources. The court's ruling overrides existing government regulations for pesticides that are based on extensive scientific analysis.



Currently, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) requires all pesticides marketed in the U.S. to be assessed for potential risks to both people and the environment. These scientific risk analyses determine which products are registered for use and how registered products are to be applied. No one may sell, distribute or use a pesticide unless it is registered by the EPA under FIFRA. The Clean Water Act permitting process mandated by the Court of Appeals, however, would in effect supersede FIFRA analyses.



More than 60 years after FIFRA was enacted, it remains a significant government success story