Posted June 16, 2014
The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) is requesting support from Members of Congress for H.R. 935, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, according to a news release available here. The Wisconsin Ag Connection also published the news release available here.
The bill would eliminate the need for a Clean Water Act National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit when applying pesticides.
Certain pesticide applications require an NPDES permit, in addition to regulation through Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, because of a 2009 court decision in National Cotton Council v. EPA.
Pesticides are applied based on label rates in accordance with the law. Additional environmental protections do not result from the NPDES permit, only paperwork and possible citizen lawsuits and fines up to $37,500 per day.
For more information on pesticides, please visit the National Agricultural Law Center’s website here.