Friday, June 17, 2011

Just in from Washington

Senate Ag Committee to Consider EPA Permitting Bill

Washington--Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) has scheduled a business meeting of her committee next week to consider H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011. Farm Bureau strongly supports the bill and is pushing for committee passage.

H.R. 872 would eliminate the burdensome and overlapping permit requirements resulting from the National Cotton Council v. EPA case. It 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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