EPA Releases General Draft Permit on Pesticide Applications

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday released a draft version of the pesticide permit farmers will be required to obtain to apply pesticides on crops under the Clean Water Act. This follows an April 2009 court decision that pesticide discharges to U.S. waters are pollutants, thus requiring a permit.

“Farmers already have a set of regulations that they follow to apply pesticides. This permitting requirement is duplicative and costly and will not benefit the environment,” said Tyler Wegmeyer, a regulatory specialist with the American Farm Bureau Federation.

AFBF is reviewing the draft permit regulations and will submit comments urging changes to ensure that the final version is the least burdensome and costly for farmers as possible.


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