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Amending FIFRA through S. 718

by Josh Vincent — last modified May 23, 2011 01:44 PM
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Background info on a current Senate bill that proposes to remove pesticide regulations protecting water quality.

Last month, we mentioned S. 718, the Senate cousin of HR 872 that passed the House in March. This bill is currently in committee, so you have time to contact your senators and tell them to oppose this destructive legislation.

S. 718 would amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA) to eliminate certain pollution controls.


Pesticide applicators are required to obtain permits through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System - these are known as NPDES permits.

Supporters of S. 718 incorrectly claim that NPDES permits are redundant since pesticides are registered under FIFRA. The truth is that FIFRA registration only affects how pesticides are labeled and sold, not how they impact water quality and the environment.

By contrast, NPDES permits are issued with the goal of reducing pesticide runoff into waterways. There's a big difference.

Contact your legislator today and urge them to protect water quality for people and wildlife by opposing S. 718!