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Environmental Issues

Pesticide Permits

Pesticide users are now subject to a court-imposed requirement that creates additional burdens on their aquatic pesticide applications on, over, or near “waters of the U.S.” Such applications were already effectively regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), but they must now receive additional, and unnecessary, permits under the Clean Water Act that do not provide additional environmental protection. Read more

 

Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule

In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency along with the Army Corp of Engineers published a new rule which was intended to help local agencies by providing better clarity on enforcement of the Clean Water Act. Instead of clarifying the Act, they decided to expand the areas of enforcement. Under the new rule regulators can now declare a previously undeclared wetlands as wetlands as they may have an effect on major water tributaries downstream. Many states proceeded to file suit in courts across the country and as a result the implementation of the rule was postponed. In congress, both the House and the Senate introduced legislation that would remove this rule from the Clean Water Act. Read more


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