H.R.953: Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017

Author's Summary: "This bill amends the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Clean Water Act to prohibit the EPA or a state from requiring a permit under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System for a discharge of a pesticide from a point source into navigable waters if the discharge is approved under FIFRA."

IB's Summary: This bill says that pesticides with FIFRA discharge permits do not need to get an additional permit under the Clean Water Act to discharge near a navigable waterway, as is currently required. This has a complicated history and it's unclear to me if the double-permitting requirement provides meaningful environmental protection.


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