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Clean Water Act Permit for Chemical Applications Too Much
In 2011, following a court ruling, the U.S. EPA under the Clean Water Act began requiring a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit for mosquito control, aquatic weeds or pesticide spraying that will “unavoidably” run off into water adjacent to farms.

Idaho politicians along with farmer support believe that ruling is “redundant and burdensome” and that the pesticide regulations hurt farmers and municipalities by making it too difficult to get the proper permits. Sen. Mike Crapo and Senator Kay Hagan are cosponsoring a bill – called the Sensible Environmental Protection Act of 2013 – to eliminate the requirement for 365,000 pesticide users to get a Clean Water Act permit before spraying in or near lakes and streams.

Farmers and other chemical users already have to meet stringent requirements for pesticide application under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act that the Clean Water Act permits adds a duplicate unnecessary layer of bureaucracy.

 
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