House Approves Bill to Relax EPA Regulatory Requirements on Crop Protection

On May 24, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 256–165 to approve the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017 (H.R. 953), which would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or a state from requiring a Clean Water Act (CWA) national pollutant discharge elimination system (NPDES) permit for the application of a pesticide into a water of the United States provided the pesticide is used for its intended purpose and the use is in compliance with pesticide label requirements. The bill is designed to reduce crop protection regulations that are deemed to be redundant or duplicative and carrying other impacts that could prove harmful to agricultural operations.

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