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Educate Your U.S. Senators: Tell Them to Protect Our Nation's Waterways from Pesticides

Yet again, a select few members of Congress are attempting to rush through the deceptively named  "Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017" (HR953), which would in fact eliminate critical Clean Water Act protections for our nation's waterways. The bill has passed the House of Representatives and is on its way to the Senate.

This 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 since there is no burden as there is no real economic cost and agricultural activities are exempt, and
(4) contaminate drinking water sources and harm aquatic life.

Already nearly 2,000 waterways are impaired for pesticide contamination, and likely many more have not been tested. We cannnot allow a regressive slide away from public health and environmental safety for our nation's waterways.

After you've sent a letter to your U.S. Senator, take further action by giving them a call. (Once you input your zip code, your U.S. Senator's phone number should show up.)


Background:
The "Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017" (HR953) reverses 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 the 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.

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