FYI – Today the House passed (292-130) a measure to block the NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System – part of the Clean Waters Act) permit permits for pesticide applications to water. This has been a long effort by lots of Ag reps in DC. It now moves to the Senate. We’ll keep you updated as information becomes available.
For those unfamiliar with NPDES, the EPA has been trying to develop a permit for applying pesticides in “US Waters” in response to the 6th Circuit Court’s 2009 decision, which found that discharges from pesticides into U.S. waters WERE pollutants. Therefore, pesticide applications could require a permit under the Clean Water Act as of April 9, 2011. This process left a lot of uncertainties as what “US Waters” were in regards to Agriculture.
For more information see: http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/home.cfm?program_id=45