Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Just in from Washington

House Vote on Pesticide Bill Expected Thursday

Washington--The House is expected to debate H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011, tonight with a vote expected Thursday morning. AFBF supports the bill and is seeking additional co-sponsors.

Introduced by Reps. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) and Joe Baca (D-Calif.), the bipartisan bill would eliminate the burdensome and overlapping permit requirements resulting from National Cotton Council v.EPA. H.R. 872 would amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and the Clean Water Act to clarify that CWA permits are not needed when a pesticide is applied in accordance with a FIFRA-approved label.

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