WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Agriculture Committee passed H.R. 872, the “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011,” on Tuesday, in a bi-partisan vote.
H.R. 872 would amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters.
The bill was introduced in response to a January 2009 Federal Appeals Court ruling that requires costly and burdensome Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) permits for millions of pesticide applications.
If enacted this ruling would impact many pest management professionals, especially those performing mosquito and aquatic weed treatments. (Click here for previous coverage of this issue).