House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., has introduced H.R. 6273, a bill which amends the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Clean Water Act to prohibit additional permits for pesticide application when pesticides are applied consistent with FIFRA.
"This legislation provides farmers and ranchers with the safe harbor, relieving producers from a potentially costly regulatory burden that does little if anything to protect the environment," Peterson said.
Peterson's bill would make clear that producers who are in compliance with the requirements of FIFRA are not subject to Clean Water Act permits. Peterson says this legislation will make clear that Congress never intended for farmers and ranchers to meet additional permit requirements for pesticide applications under FIFRA. Twelve members of the House of Representatives joined Peterson as original co-sponsors of the bill.
Peterson points out the FIFRA registration process includes stringent requirements for a wide range of environmental, health and safety studies to establish the circumstances under which pesticides can be legally used in the United States.