Please take action today to help defeat legislation in the U.S. Senate that would remove critical legal protections from toxic pesticides. Ask your Senators to oppose S. 718, the pesticide industry’s latest move in their assault on our environmental laws. Even more far reaching than legislation that recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives, the bill would nullify provisions in the Clean Water Act (CWA) and other environmental laws that provide protections from pesticide contamination through permitting.
We’ve written to you about this before, but the bill is expected to move quickly in the Senate. The time for action is now!
S. 718 would ensure that permits mandated by environmental laws like the CWA are not required for the application of pesticides. The bill amends the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act(FIFRA) by stating, “Notwithstanding any other law, no permit shall be required for the use of a pesticide that is registered or otherwise authorized for use under this Act.” This bill would mean that pesticide applicators will be able to discharge pesticides into U.S. waterways without any government oversight.
FIFRA and CWA are complementary laws and have fundamentally different standards. Since the CWA statute is more stringent in its oversight of U.S. waterways, FIFRA should not be allowed to override the CWA.