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

Bill Text

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 114th Congress as H.R. 897, in the 113th Congress as H.R. 935, and in the 112th Congress as H.R. 935. The Senate never passed either bill.

H.R. 953 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.

Introduced by Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH-7) and cosponsored by 23 Members of Congress including Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11), Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN-7), Reps. Mike Bost (IL-12), Roger Marshall (KS-1), Glenn Thompson (PA-5), Ralph Abraham (LA-5), Scott DesJarlais (TN-4), Doug LaMalfa (CA-1), Ted Yoho (FL-3), Mike Rogers (AL-3), Rick Crawford (AR-1), Rick Allen (GA-12), Steve King (IA-4)

Introduced on February 7, 2017 and referred to the House Committee on Agriculture and House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Passed the House Agriculture Committee (voice vote) on February 16, 2017.

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