March

17

2011

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee voted 46-8 in support of H.R. 872.  Members voting against the measure were:  Elijah Cummings (MD), Peter DeFazio (OR), Donna Edwards (MD), Bob Filner (CA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), Daniel Lipinski (IL), and Grace Napolitano (CA). 
Bed Bug Research, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Top Items for Discussion

Sprague Pest Solutions was in Washington, D.C. last week to encourage support for H.R. 872.

H.R. 872, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011, is a bipartisan bill to reduce the regulatory burdens posed by the case National Cotton Council v. EPA (6th Cir. 2009). Under the court ruling, pesticide users, which include farmers, ranchers, forest managers, state agencies, city and county municipalities, mosquito control districts, and water districts, among others would have to obtain a duplicative permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for the use of pesticides. Pesticide applications are already highly regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The legislation amends FIFRA and the CWA to clarify Congressional intent and eliminates the requirement of a NPDES permit for the use of FIFRA-registered pesticides.