H.R. 897, The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015

Bill Text

Description
H.R. 897, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015, would amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA) to clarify Congressional intent and eliminate the requirement of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the use of pesticides already approved for use under FIFRA.

This legislation was passed by the House in the 113th Congress as H.R. 935, and it passed the House in the 112th Congress as H.R. 935. The Senate never passed either bill.

H.R. 897 is necessary to address the negative economic consequences of the ruling posed by the case National Cotton Council v. EPA (6th Cir. 2009). Under the court ruling, pesticide users are required to obtain a redundant permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA) or be subject to a costly fine.

Sponsors
Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH-7)

Status
3/19/2015 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote. Passed the House Agriculture Committee (voice vote) on March 19, 2015.  

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