Senators Want Floor Time for Pesticide Permit Fix
Washington--With new regulations in place as of Nov. 1 that could require farmers to get a Clean Water Act permit for certain pesticide applications, efforts continue to get a legislative fix to eliminate these duplicative permitting requirements resulting from the 2009 National Cotton Council v. Environmental Protection Agency case.
Last week, more than two dozen senators sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) urging them to set aside floor time for a full, open debate on the topic.
“While we recognize that many important legislative items vie for limited floor time, this is a rare opportunity to demonstrate to the American public that Democrats and Republicans are capable of working together to address important issues,” the bipartisan letter said.
The senators noted the House had passed the Farm Bureau-supported Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011 (H.R. 872), which 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.