The application of known carcinogens into our waterways as well as onto our land does not need less regulation by not requiring permits.
An opposite reaction should be occurring as more and more evidence shows the detriment these chemicals cause to the environment, not to mention ourselves.
As your constituent I want you to oppose any and all deregulation; these regulations "burden" the corporations.
Deregulation has worked out so well for our economy in the past few years; don't let the same thing happen to our environment in the upcoming years.
James Daniel Holby
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May 21, 2012
Mr. James Holby
5450 Wessex Court, Apartment 103
Dearborn, Michigan 48126-2678
Dear Mr. Holby:
Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 872 the Reducing
Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011. I appreciate hearing from you.
As you know, Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) introduced H.R. 872 on March 2,
2011. This legislation would permanently exempt pesticides from
regulation under the Clean Water Act. Pesticides are generally
regulated under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
(FIFRA). However, a 2009 Sixth Circuit Court Appeals decision stated
that all pesticide applications over water are subject to the Clean
Water Act, and therefore pesticide applicators must obtain a National
Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit before doing so.
You may be interested to know that the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) is currently drafting a Pesticide General
Permit (PGP) in order to comply with the court's decision. The PGP
would allow for the application of pesticides over water if it is
dealing with mosquitoes and flying insects, aquatic weeds, aquatic
nuisance animals, and forest canopy pest control. Additionally, as long
as the pesticide is applied for one of those purposes, and is applied
to an area that is less than 640 acres, no additional notice will have
to be given to EPA. As the author of the Clean Water Act, I feel it
would be inappropriate to permanently exempt pesticides from regulation
under the act when the EPA has taken a reasonable approach to solving
this problem which will not be overly burdensome to our nation's
farmers. H.R. 872 passed the House of Representatives on March 31,
2011, and I voted against the legislation. It is now pending in the
U.S. Senate. You can rest assured I will keep your comments in mind as
I consider similar issues in the future.
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With every good wish,
Member of Congress
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