This bill would eliminate a permitting requirement for the use of pesticides near “navigable waters” that have already been regulated, tested, and approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). A 2009 court ruling required that a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit be issued prior to the use of EPA-approved pesticides to kill mosquitoes and other flying insects; aquatic weeds and algae; aquatic nuisance animal control; and forest canopy pest control.
What is House Bill H.R. 953?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 953
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) introduced this bill to clarify what’s needed to use EPA-approved pesticides by eliminating a “duplicative and unnecessary” permit:
“This is a classic example of why so many Americans are frustrated with Washington. Bureaucratic red tape is making it more difficult and costly for farmers to responsibly protect their crops or local mosquito and pest control agencies to safeguard public health. Requiring an NPDES permit is unnecessary. It only adds compliance costs, and no new environmental protections.”
This legislation was passed by the House Agriculture Committee on a voice vote, and has the support of 47 bipartisan cosponsors including 43 Republican and four Democrats. Similar legislation has been introduced in each session of Congress since the Sixth Circuit’s ruling in the 2009 case National Cotton Council v. EPA.
- Sponsoring Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) Press Release
- CBO Cost Estimate
- American Soybean Association (In Favor)
- CropLife (In Favor)
- National Association of Counties (In Favor)
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: USDA / Public Domain)
Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017
To amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Environment and Public Works
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- The house Passed May 24th, 2017Roll Call Vote 256 Yea / 165 Nay
Committee on AgricultureCommittee on Transportation and InfrastructureWater Resources and EnvironmentIntroducedFebruary 7th, 2017
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