News Alert from AERF, Senate may act on NPDES Legislation Fix for Aquatic

The Senate could consider the “NPDES fix” legislation passed overwhelmingly by the
House in late March. This bill could move through committee and to the floor
very soon. We need your support to make that happen. Ask your Senators to work
with their colleagues to quickly pass HR 872.

As of October 31,  2011 court-ordered National Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System (NPDES) permits will be required by the U.S. EPA for
pesticide applications “to, over, or near” water.  Congress never intended
to regulate pesticide applications with Clean Water Act NPDES permits. In fact,
EPA has no concerns in this area, but must now comply with a court order in
National Cotton Council v. EPA.

These pesticide applications are important to protect public health from mosquito-borne
diseases such as West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis, and protect
our waterways from dangerous invasive species such as snakehead fish, zebra
mussels, hydrilla and Eurasian watermilfoil.  In addition, the paperwork
burdens imposed by the permit will increase costs of controlling
pests, which puts jobs at risk.

Please ask your Senators to support and pass H.R. 872: ‘Reducing Regulatory
Burdens Act of 2011 in the Senate.

You may send a pre-formatted email to your Senators by following this link:  Take Action!


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