Protect the Responsible Use of Aquatic Herbicides in Irrigation Canals and Ditches
Please contact your members of Congress and urge them to support legislation to eliminate burdensome EPA red tape and unnecessary regulatory requirements (H.R. 872).
• During 2009, a federal appeals court struck down an EPA rule allowing the continued use of aquatic herbicides and other pesticides without burdensome and unnecessary regulations
• EPA failed to appeal the court’s ruling and is now proposing a general permit to impose new, burdensome regulations on irrigators and others who rely on the use of pesticides to control weeds and pests
• Without legislation, the new mandate from EPA will be imposed across the country in April of this year
• The new regulatory scheme would impose excessive costs on farmers and others across the country, without a corresponding benefit to the environment
• H.R. 872 would resolve this regulatory quagmire by making clear that the responsible use of aquatic herbicides and other pesticides pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the applicable label instructions is sufficient and that additional regulatory requirements under the Clean Water Act are not necessary
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