A bipartisan initiative to stop the duplicative regulation of pesticides is H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011. This bill, introduced by Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Bob Gibbs, Committee Member Jean Schmidt, and many other Members of Congress, would reverse a costly and needless court ruling to require farmers, ranchers, forest managers, state agencies, city and county municipalities, mosquito control districts, water districts, and others to obtain a duplicative permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for the use of pesticides.
The use of pesticides is already highly regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and requiring further permits under the Clean Water Act simply isn’t necessary.
Adding a burdensome federal regulatory hurdle to activities that are already properly regulated will drive up costs without any true environmental benefit. Such unnecessary regulations hurt America's small businesses and hamper job growth.
The House approved this legislation in March 2011, but the bill remains stuck in the Senate, along with other House-passed jobs bills. Click here for the entire list of House-passed jobs bills awaiting Senate action.