The American Soybean Association (ASA) is putting their support behind the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act (H.R. 953), introduced by Congressman Bob Gibbs, of Ohio.
The legislation aims to reduce burdensome regulations by eliminating duplicative permitting requirements for pesticide applications. Pesticide applications are already federally regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). However, a 2009 Federal court decision requires entities to also obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit under the Clean Water Act when pesticides are sprayed on or near waterways. This legislation would remove that requirement.
The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture held a mark up of this bill on Thursday morning. Gibbs has introduced this bill in previous years with ASA’s support, along with the support of many other agriculture organizations.