The House Committee on Agriculture this morning passed via voice vote, H.R. 1029, the Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act (PRIA). PRIA create a more predictable and effective evaluation process for affected pesticide decisions by coupling the collection of fees with specific decision review periods.
PRIA has been reauthorized three times, with the most recent reauthorization due to expire on September 30, 2017. In addition to extending provisions, the bill adjusts fee amounts, increases transparency, encourages Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), and adds flexibility to the use of collected fees (side-by-side of the legislation).
NPDES PGP Fix
The House Committee on Agriculture also passed via vote, H.R. 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017. The bill would amend the FIFRA and the Clean Water Act to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation of the use of pesticides in or near navigable waters – specifically that no permit is required for the lawful application of a registered pesticide. The legislation has also been referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. And, a companion bill was just introduced in the Senate (side-by-side of the legislation)
Congress has attempted to adopt this legislation since early 2011 – with full House passing the three times. The legislation would reverse a 2009 decision by the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (National Cotton Council, et al. v. EPA) in which the court vacated EPA’s 2006 Final Rule on Aquatic Pesticides that exempted pesticides from Clean Water Act permitting. As a result of the court’s decision, NPDES permits are generally required for applications over or to “waters of the US” since late 2011.