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House Ag Committee Approves Two Pesticide Measures

USAgNet - February 17, 2017

The House Agriculture Committee approved two measures this week regarding the regulation of pesticides. The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act would eliminate the duplicative permit requirement for use of pesticides that have already been approved by the EPA in the Federal Insecticide Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Senator Crapo (R-ID) has also introduced similar legislation in the Senate.

The National Pollution Discharge Elimination System, a permit under the Clean Water Act that addresses water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into the waters of the United States, adds additional and unnecessary burdens to producers applying pesticides on or near water. The National Association of Wheat Growers reports that the Environmental Protection Agency's FIFRA registration and review of crop protection products takes into consideration environmental and human risk and it is unnecessary to have both requirements.

The Committee also approved the Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act (H.R. 1029), which would reauthorize the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act (PRIA).

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