Coalition Letter to House Ag Committee in Support of HR 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017

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Subject: Support of HR 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017
Recipient: Members of House Committee on Agriculture
Sender: Multi-Industry Coalition
Date Sent: February 15, 2017

Dear Members of the House Committee on Agriculture:

The over 100 undersigned organizations urge your support for HR 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017, at tomorrow’s business meeting of the House Committee on Agriculture.

Pesticide users are subjected to the court-created requirement that lawful applications over, to or near ‘waters of the U.S.’ obtain a Clean Water Act (CWA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permit (PGP) from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or delegated states. HR 953 would clarify that federal law does not require this redundant permit for pesticide applications already authorized under federal pesticide law.

Under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), all pesticides are reviewed and regulated for use with strict instructions on the EPA-approved product label. A thorough scientific review and accounting of impacts to water quality and aquatic species is included in every EPA review. Requiring water permits of federally regulated pesticide applications is redundant and provides no additional environmental benefit.

Compliance with the NPDES water permit also imposes duplicative resource burdens on thousands of small businesses and farms, as well as the municipal, county, state and federal agencies responsible for protecting natural resources and public health. Further, and most menacing, the permit exposes all pesticide users, regardless of permit eligibility, to the liability of CWA-based citizen law suits.  

In the last three sessions of Congress, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act passed the House Committees on Agriculture and Transportation & Infrastructure, then went on to pass the full House of Representatives. We urge you to remove this unneeded regulatory duplication by again voting “YES” on HR 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017.

Sincerely,

Agribusiness Council of Indiana

Agribusiness & Water Council of Arizona

Agricultural Alliance of North Carolina

Agricultural Council of Arkansas

Agricultural Retailers Association

Alabama Agribusiness Council

American Farm Bureau Federation

Alabama Farmers Federation

Alabama Forestry Association

American Mosquito Control Association

American Soybean Association

AmericanHort

Aquatic Plant Management Society

Arizona Nursery Association

Arkansas Forestry Association

Biopesticide Industry Alliance

California Alfalfa and Forage Association

California Association of Nurseries & Green Centers

California Association of Winegrape Growers

California Cherry Growers and Industries Foundation

California Pear Growers

California Seed Association

California Specialty Crops Council

California State Floral Association

Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association

Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association

The Cranberry Institute

CropLife America

Council of Producers & Distributors of Agrotechnology

Family Farm Alliance

Far West Agribusiness Association

Florida Farm Bureau Federation

Florida Forestry Association

Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association

Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association

Georgia Agribusiness Council

Georgia Green Industry Association

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council

Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation

Idaho Grower Shippers Association

Idaho Potato Commission

Idaho Water Users Association

Illinois Farm Bureau

Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association

Kansas Agribusiness Retailers Association

Louisiana Cotton and Grain Association

Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation

Louisiana Forestry Association

Maine Arborist Association

Maine Landscape and Nursery Association

Maine Potato Board

Maryland Nursery, Landscape, and Greenhouse Association

Michigan Agribusiness Association

Minnesota Agricultural Aircraft Association

Minnesota Crop Production Retailers

Minnesota Pesticide Information & Education

Minor Crops Farmer Alliance

Mississippi Forestry Association

Missouri Agribusiness Association

Missouri Farm Bureau Federation

Missouri Green Industry Council

Montana Agricultural Business Association

National Agricultural Aviation Association

National Alliance of Forest Owners

National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants

National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

National Association of Wheat Growers

National Christmas Tree Association

National Corn Growers Association

National Cotton Council

National Council of Farmer Cooperatives

National Pest Management Association

National Potato Council

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

National Water Resources Association

Nebraska Agri-Business Association

North Carolina Agricultural Consultants Association

North Carolina Forestry Association

North Carolina Cotton Producers Association

North Central Weed Science Society

North Dakota Agricultural Association

Northeast Agribusiness and Feed Alliance

Northeastern Weed Science Society

Northern Plains Potato Growers Association

Northwest Horticultural Council

Ohio Professional Applicators for Responsible Regulation

Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association

Oregon Association of Nurseries

Oregon Potato Commission

Oregonians for Food & Shelter

Pesticide Policy Coalition

Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

Professional Landcare Network

RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)

Rocky Mountain Agribusiness Association

SC Fertilizer Agrichemicals Association

South Dakota Agri-Business Association

South Texas Cotton and Grain Association

Southern Cotton Growers, Inc.

Southern Crop Production Association

Southern Rolling Plains Cotton Growers

Southern Weed Science Society

Sugar Cane League

Texas Ag Industries Association

Texas Forestry Association

Texas Nursery & Landscape Association

Texas Vegetation Management Association

United Fresh Produce Association

U.S. Apple Association

USA Rice Federation

Virginia Agribusiness Council

Virginia Christmas Tree Growers Association

Virginia Forestry Association

Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association

Washington Friends of Farm & Forests

Washington State Potato Commission

Weed Science Society of America

Western Growers

Western Plant Health Association

Western Society of Weed Science

Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine

Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation

Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association

Wyoming Ag Business Association

Wyoming Crop Improvement Association

Wyoming Wheat Growers Association