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US industry welcomes bill on NPDES permits

US industry groups have welcomed the introduction of legislation aimed at removing the need for permits to apply pesticides over or near water. Senate Agriculture Committee chair Blanche Lincoln and ranking member Saxby Chambliss introduced bill S3735 to the Senate on August 5th. It would exempt pesticides registered under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) from requiring a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Service (NPDES) permit under the Clean Water Act.



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