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Bill reduces red tape on pesticide applications

Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act eliminates NPDES permits for pesticides EPA already approved for use under FIFRA.

In an effort to provide clarification on the use and application of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved pesticides, Rep. Bob Gibbs (R., Ohio) introduced the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, which has bipartisan support.

This act will reverse a 2009 federal court decision in the National Cotton Council vs. EPA lawsuit that directed EPA to require permits from applicators who spray over "navigable waters," as defined in the Clean Water Act.

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