Gibbs’ ‘Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act’ Passes House Agriculture Committee
Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Gibbs released the following statement after H.R. 897, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act passed unanimously out of the House Agriculture Committee:
“The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act will clarify how the use of pesticides in or near water bodies are regulated. As a farmer, I understand how difficult and expensive it is to comply with the redundant federal and state permits under the Clean Water Act and FIFRA, which approves permits for FDA-approved pesticides. The burdensome and unnecessary cost to comply with the NPDES permitting requirements are unmanageable for applicants and often leads to costly litigation.
“This bill addresses the Sixth Circuit’s holding in National Cotton Council v. EPA and returns the pesticide regulations to the status quo, before the Court became involved. EPA has estimated that approximately 365,000 pesticide users, including state agencies, cities, counties, mosquito control districts, water districts, pesticide applicators, farmers, ranchers, forest managers, scientists, and even every day citizens, that perform some 5.6 million pesticide applications annually would be affected by the Court’s ruling. H.R. 897 will insure that duplicative and harmful regulations will not stand in the way of effectively protecting our nation’s agriculture production, natural resources, and public health.”