Clements: The U.S. House last week passed the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, which would eliminate duplicate regulations relating to pesticide applications. While applauding the bipartisan support for the Act in the House, the American Farm Bureau Federation is now calling on the U.S. Senate to consider and pass the legislation. AFBF senior regulatory relations director Don Parrish says the act clarifies that pesticides are regulated under FIFRA, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.
Parrish: A court I think mistakenly ruled a couple of years ago that the Clean Water Act was also required for the use of pesticides on, over or near water. The EPA already registers pesticides. So, we really appreciate the strong bipartisan support for this legislation. It is eliminating duplicative and burdensome regulation where it’s not needed.
Clements: Parrish says the issue extends beyond farmers and ranchers.
Parrish: This is something that is clearly not only creating problems for farmers and ranchers, but also creating problems for public health agencies where they have to control vectors and mosquitos. So, we think this is something that is needed, we think it’s something that is bipartisan and we think this is something that clearly is in the right direction.
Clements: The Act now moves to the Senate. Parrish expects the legislation to be considered by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Parrish: We’re going to have to do a lot of work there to make sure that this makes it into law. Whether we move it as an amendment to another piece of legislation, or whether we move it as stand-alone, we’ve got to work very hard to make sure that we have 60 votes in the Senate.
Clements: Micheal Clements, Washington.
Communications Assistant, AFBF