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Groups press Senate leaders to exempt pesticides from Clean Water Act permit requirements

Citing scarce resources and public health concerns, the heads of five state organizations wrote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Aug. 12 urging the Senate to move forward on legislation that would exempt FIFRA-compliant pesticide applications from Clean Water Act (CWA) permitting requirements. The requirements were mandated by a Jan. 2009 federal court decision that is due to go into effect Oct. 31.

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