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Update: Bill to Amend FIFRA, CWA Passes House

Pesticide Issues

The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013 (H.R. 935), a bill that would amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act regarding the use of pesticides near bodies of water, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.

Brad Harbison | August 1, 2014

****Updated on Aug. 1, to reflect that he bill had been passed by the House. Earlier in the week the House voted on the bill under suspension of the rules, but the bill failed to reach the two-thirds majority necessary for passage.

WASHINGTON — the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2013 (H.R. 935) — a bill that would amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act regarding the use of pesticides near bodies of water — passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 267 to 161, on Thursday. Earlier in the week the House voted on the bill under suspension of the rules, but the bill failed to reach the two-thirds majority necessary for passage.

H.R. 935 was necessitated by a misguided 2009 federal court ruling that requires costly and burdensome Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) permits for millions of pesticide applications.

NPMA, RISE and others believe this permit will interfere with and add cost to longstanding activities such as mosquito control and aquatic weed work – work performed by some pest management professionals.
 

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