NPDES permitting debacle bearing down

Practically no government agency is ready to implement new pesticide permitting requirements.

An organization representing state regulators responsible for implementing new pesticide permitting requirements asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week to request a further stay of the regulations since practically no government agency is ready to implement them when they go into effect next month.

The new regulations emanate from a 2009 ruling by the Sixth Circuit Court, which said for the first time that pesticide applications require a Clean Water Act permit in addition to compliance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). NAWG and coalition partners continue to urge quick passage of H.R. 872 or another legislative solution to delay or eliminate the new and duplicative requirements.

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