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EPA takes innovative approach to 2011 CWA pesticide permits

The extension of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits under the Clean Water Act to pesticides applied to, near or over water is expected to dramatically increase the number of such permits sought by applicants. One EPA estimate suggests a more than 10-fold increase, from the current half million applications per year to 5.6 million, affecting 365,000 pesticide applicators.



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