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S. 718: A bill to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to improve the use of certain registered pesticides. Read More

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This bill was introduced on Apr 4, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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A BILL

To amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to improve the use of certain registered pesticides.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. USE OF REGISTERED PESTICIDES.

Section 3(f) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (7 U.S.C. 136a(f)) is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(5) Use of registered pesticides.--Notwithstanding any other law, no permit shall be required for-- ``(A) the use of a pesticide that is registered or otherwise authorized for use under this Act, if that use is in accordance with this Act; or ``(B)(i) the use of a biological control organism (as defined in section 403 of the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7702)) for the prevention, control, or eradication of a plant pest or noxious weed, if that use is in accordance with that Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.); or ``(ii) the conduct of any other plant pest, noxious weed, or pest control activity under that Act, if that activity is conducted in accordance with that Act.''. <all>

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The bill would nullify provisions in the Clean Water Act (CWA) and other environmental laws that provide protections from pesticide contamination through permitting.

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Beyond Pesticides 3 years ago

S. 718: A bill to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to improve the use of certain registered pesticides. SECTION 1. USE OF REGISTERED PESTICIDES. Section 3(f) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (7 U.S.C. 136a(f)) is amended by adding at the end the following: ‘(5) USE OF REGISTERED PESTICIDES- Notwithstanding any other law, no permit shall be required for-- ‘(A) the use of a pesticide that is registered or otherwise authorized for use under this Act, if that use is in accordance with this Act; or ‘(B)(i) the use of a biological control organism (as defined in section 403 of the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7702)) for the prevention, control, or eradication of a plant pest or noxious weed, if that use is in accordance with that Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.); or ‘(ii) the conduct of any other plant pest, noxious weed, or pest control activity under that Act, if that activity is conducted in accordance with that Act.’.

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Agent Orange Legacy 3 years ago

I strongly urge you to oppose current efforts to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act either through S.B. 718, introduced by Senator Roberts, or through a Senate version of H.R. 872, the so-called “Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act” that has already passed in the House. These bills would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from protecting our waterways from pesticide discharges by exempting applications of pesticides to waterways from the Clean Water Act's permitting system. Please do not undercut the EPA’s efforts to stop toxic pesticides from entering our waterways. FIFRA regulates the sale and use of pesticides applications but does not provide any protections tailored to the conditions in specific bodies of water. This failure has caused a dangerous blind spot in protecting human health and ecosystems. Pesticides discharged into our waterways harm fish and amphibians and move up the food chain to humans, and they are known to contaminate drinking-water supplies as well. In the 2009 National Cotton Council et al. v. EPA opinion, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that certain pesticides are pollutants and that, under specific circumstances, Clean Water Act permitting requirements apply. Because of this decision, the EPA has moved forward with a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System general permit for pesticides. By issuing a general permit, as opposed to having each individual discharger obtain a permit, the agency can provide timely and efficient coverage and simplify the permitting process for the majority of polluters while protecting public health and water quality. The NPDES pesticides permit will also require pesticide applicators to analyze safer alternatives to pesticide use, and provide for at least some post-application monitoring for environmental impacts, helping to ensure public safety and creating consistency for the regulated community. Regulating pesticide discharges to water under the NPDES scheme is not duplicative of FIFRA regulation and is absolutely critical. Despite current regulation by FIFRA, pesticides continue to impair our waterways in significant quantities and have caused real harm to public health and ecosystems. The NPDES pesticides permit is necessary to protect our waterways, public health, and fish and wildlife. We urge you to oppose S.B. 718 and any Senate version of H.R. 872. Instead, please support a strong EPA permit to ensure the health and safety of our communities and wildlife. Thank you for your action on this critical issue. http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8392#.TrnGwb2uDyY.facebook

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A bill to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to improve the use of certain registered pesticides. SECTION 1. USE OF REGISTERED PESTICIDES. Section 3(f) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (7 U.S.C. 136a(f)) is amended by adding at the end the following: ‘(5) USE OF REGISTERED PESTICIDES- Notwithstanding any other law, no permit shall be required for-- ‘(A) the use of a pesticide that is registered or otherwise authorized for use under this Act, if that use is in accordance with this Act; or ‘(B)(i) the use of a biological control organism (as defined in section 403 of the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7702)) for the prevention, control, or eradication of a plant pest or noxious weed, if that use is in accordance with that Act (7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.); or ‘(ii) the conduct of any other plant pest, noxious weed, or pest control activity under that Act, if that activity is conducted in accordance with that Act.’.

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Bill Summary

S. 718: A bill to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to improve the use of certain registered pesticides.

S. 717the POIA Act S. 719 Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011
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