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- EPA has said it hopes to complete its permit system for applications of pesticides over water by December.
- The agency has said it would begin implementing and enforcing the permit program next April.
- CropLife America believes EPA and states won’t meet schedule.
- Worries the system will impose hardships on small businesses and negate many public health achievements.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s plans for finalizing and implementing its NPDES general permit for applications of pesticides over water are “overly optimistic” and could result in a number of adverse consequences, one of the agency’s critics says.
According to reports, EPA now hopes to complete its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for applications of pesticides over water by December. EPA and most of the states would then begin implementing and enforcing the permit program starting next April.
Testifying at a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, the president of CropLife America said not only do many believe EPA and the states won’t meet that schedule, but they worry that the permitting system will impose hardships on small businesses and negate many of the public health achievements of recent years.
“We are very skeptical about this overly optimistic timetable,” said Jay Vroom, the CropLife America president. “Even if things go smoothly, for the Federal government and individual states to get all this work done well before April – and then for the regulated community to have time to get up to speed on compliance – seems nearly impossible to achieve.”