Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) rejected the latest recommendation to establish a generic mandatory label option, an option typically referred to as a “Product of North America” label, should the U.S. lose its World Trade Organization (WTO) appeal regarding country of origin labeling (COOL) in the coming weeks.
H.R. 872, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011
H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011, is designed to eliminate costly and duplicative permitting requirements for pesticide applications. Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a comprehensive regulatory program in place under the authority of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), a misguided court order will be implemented on October 31 imposing a substantial burden on Government budgets and costly requirements on small businesses.
As confirmed in testimony before a joint hearing of Subcommittee’s of the Agriculture, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees, the duplicative permitting process ordered by the court would provide few, if any, environmental benefits. The requirements also raise significant concerns about the potentially detrimental effect this new bureaucracy would have on the public health community’s efforts to control mosquito born diseases. The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act passed the House with bipartisan support on March 31.
- Press Release: Lucas & Peterson Praise House Passage of H.R. 872
- Press Release: The Ag Minute: H.R. 872 Needs Swift Passage in Congress
- Press Release: The Ag Minute: Pesticides Bill Needs Swift Senate Action
- Business Meeting: Business Meeting to Consider H.R. 872, The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011