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Further effort to eliminate CWA pesticide permit

A dozen US senators are urging their colleagues to insert language into the farm bill to void an EPA requirement for some pesticide users to obtain Clean Water Act (CWA) permits. The issue is a pressing one for the pesticide industry, which contends that the CWA permitting requirements are duplicative, costly and unnecessary. The senators echo that view, calling for language in the final farm bill that "specifies that these duplicative permits are not required for the lawful application" of pesticides approved by EPA under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).



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