Washington, D.C. (April 25, 2013)—The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) praised efforts by a bipartisan group in the House of Representatives to eliminate the costly and duplicative pesticide permitting requirements imposed on producers by a misguided decision of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in National Cotton Council v. EPA.
The legislation, S. 802, was introduced by Senators Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Michael Crapo (R-Idaho). The bill is similar to legislation introduced by Hagan and Crapo in the 112th Congress. Companion legislation to the measure was introduced in the House of Representatives earlier this month as H.R. 935.
“The time for action on this issue is long overdue—farmers, growers and ranchers across the country are facing burdensome and redundant regulations and tremendous uncertainty for absolutely no environmental benefit,” said Chuck Conner, president & CEO of NCFC. “I would like to thank Senators Hagan & Crapo for their leadership in introducing this legislation.”
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.
“It is clear that Congress always intended the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to be the law of the land on these sorts of pesticide applications, as pesticides were specifically not included in the Clean Water Act when it was written,” continued Conner. “I look forward to working with members of the Senate to help reduce needless and duplicative regulatory burdens on America’s farmers and ranchers.”