Washington, D.C. (July 31, 2014)–The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) today applauded House passage of H.R. 935, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, by a vote of 267-161. The bill, introduced by Congressmen Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Austin Scott (R-Ga.) and Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), would eliminate the costly and duplicative pesticide permitting requirements imposed on farmers and ranchers by a misguided decision of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals inNational Cotton Council v. EPA.
“The House’s strong vote in favor of H.R. 935 this evening is an important first step towards ensuring that this country’s farmers and ranchers will not face burdensome and redundant regulations and the tremendous uncertainty that goes along with it,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. “I would like to thank Representatives Gibbs, Schrader, Scott and McIntyre for their leadership in seeing this bill through the process and urge that the Senate take up its version of the bill after the August recess without delay.”
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.