When I became Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in January of this year, I had one primary goal: to ensure that America’s farmers and ranchers have the policies in place that they need to feed, fuel, and clothe the nation while ensuring stability and consistency for farmers, ranchers, consumers, markets, and rural communities. After all, agriculture is the foundation of our livelihood and the lifeblood of rural America. And, while our work will never be done, we are off to a great start.
Committee Reviews Bill to Ratify Pesticide Regulating Treaty
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman Bob Goodlatte today chaired a hearing to review H.R. 3849, legislation necessary to ratify three international treaties regulating the use of chemicals to protect human health as well as environmental health. Until the U.S. ratifies the treaty, which is dependent on passage of H.R. 3849, U.S. negotiators cannot participate in the discussions currently underway to modify the current agreements.
“Unfortunately, if we delay ratification further in the United States, much of the hard work could potentially be undone,” said Chairman Goodlatte. “The longer we wait to ratify these treaties, of which passage of this bill is a necessary pre-cursor, the less control we have over decisions which could have potentially negative consequences for America’s farmers and ranchers.”
The treaties involved include: the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (PICs), the Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants to the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP POPs), and the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (POPs). H.R. 3849 would amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to put the U.S. in compliance with the treaties.
The Chairman intends to bring H.R. 3849 to the Committee for consideration before the August recess. Witness testimony is available on the Committee website, and a full transcript of the hearing will be available on the Committee website 4-6 weeks following the hearing.
The Honorable Stephen L. Johnson, Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
Ms. Susan Hazen, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Pesticide Programs and Toxic Substances, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.