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Tell Your Senators to Oppose Language that Weakens the Clean Water Act!

The next 48 hours are critical in order to protect our nation's waterways from pesticide contamination.

Within the next two days, Senators and House Representatives on the Farm Bill conference committee are likely to pass a joint conference report that will then be voted on by both the House and the Senate. After months of closed door meetings between the conference committee chairs there are still a few important details the legislators need to hammer out.

One of these unresolved issues that your voice must be heard on is preventing the indiscriminate application of pesticides adjacent, over, or in our nation's waters.

The key to stopping this language is to strongly encourage Sen. Stabenow (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to keep it out of the final conference report.

To do that, she needs to hear from other Senators that they do not want this language in the Farm Bill. After you sign below, call your Senators (use the phone number provided when you enter in your zip code) and tell them Section 10013 has no place in the Farm Bill because in large part it does not impact agricultural uses of pesticides. Supporters of this rider are trying to slip this amendment through the agriculture committee, but any changes to the Clean Water Act should be addressed by the appropriate environmental committee.

Act Now! We can't afford to lose these important protections.

Background:
Section 10013 of the House Farm Bill contains provisions of H.R. 872, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, which reverse the 2009 ruling in National Cotton Council v. EPA that requires Clean Water Act permits for pesticide users who spray over waterways. The permit lets authorities know what is sprayed and when it is sprayed, so that the public may know what chemicals are used in their waterways and potential dangers to sensitive aquatic ecosystems. Existing pesticide regulations do not achieve these protections and most agricultural pesticide applications are exempt from CWA permit requirements.

Including Section 10013 of the House Farm Bill would:
(1) undermine federal authority to protect U.S. waters under the Clean Water Act,
(2) allow spraying of toxic chemicals into waterways without local and state oversight,
(3) not reduce claimed burdens to farmers because there is no real economic cost and most agricultural activities are exempt, and
(4) contaminate drinking water sources and harm aquatic life.

Please follow up with a phone call about this issue!