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NGOs say EPA should be able to finish NPDES pesticide permit by July

The environmental petitioners at the heart of the NPDES pesticide permitting controversy acknowledge that EPA will not meet next month's deadline for developing and implementing the permit system, but they argue the agency should not be given nearly seven additional months to complete its work. Rather than extend EPA's deadline until Oct. 31, the court should grant the agency "a more modest extension" to July 31, according to a reply brief filed Wednesday by Charles Caldart, an attorney with the National Environmental Law Center.


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