Friday, October 14, 2011

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AFBF Backs Bill to Eliminate Overlapping Pesticide Permitting

Washington--Farm Bureau supports H.R. 872, a bill that would eliminate the burdensome and overlapping pesticide permit requirements resulting from the National Cotton Council v.EPA (6th Circuit 2009) case. The bill 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.

Last week, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) filed the text of H.R. 872 as an amendment to S. 1619, the Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act. The amendment was not called up for a vote.

“That decision was based on factors related to the underlying bill, not on the merits or level of support for H.R. 872,” explained Tyler Wegmeyer, AFBF pesticide specialist. “H.R. 872 likely will be offered as a rider to other bills that will come before the Senate. Thus, it is an important time to continue to ask for support from all senators.”

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