Washington, D.C. (March 19, 2015)—The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) applauded the House Agriculture Committee’s approval of H.R. 897, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015 during a business meeting of the committee earlier today. The bill, introduced by Congressmen Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), would eliminate the costly and duplicative pesticide permitting requirements imposed on thousands of farms, small businesses and local governments by a misguided decision of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in the National Cotton Council v. EPA case.
“The House Agriculture Committee took an important first step today to resolve the mess created by a misguided and poorly reasoned court decision nearly a decade ago,” said NCFC President and CEO Chuck Conner. “It is long past time to apply a bit of commonsense and plain reading of current statutes to ensure that American farmers will not continue to face duplicative and burdensome regulations that provide no environmental benefits. The House of Representatives and Congressman Gibbs in particular have been champions in this effort both in this Congress and last; our hope is that the full House will move on the bill in short order.”
The bill would amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Clean Water Act to clarify congressional intent and eliminate the requirements of a Clean Water Act permit for the use of FIFRA-registered pesticides. NCFC strongly supports the registration and re-registration of pesticide products under FIFRA, Conner noted, since the act is founded on robust science, ensuring that products in the marketplace can be used while offering the desired protections for human health and the environment.