Clean Water Act permits are legally required before pesticides are sprayed over and into waterways. Since pesticides are poisons designed to kill living organisms and many have known human health impacts, it makes sense that they should be treated as pollutants that need to be regulated under the Clean Water Act.
Despite this common sense approach to protect clean water, the pesticide industry has been heavily lobbying Congress to create a legislative exemption allowing unimpeded and unpermitted releases of pesticides into waterways.
In fact, there are currently three independent attempts by members of Congress to do industry’s bidding and have this exemption passed into law:
1. A standalone bill that has passed the House and is now being considered by the Senate (S. 340);
2. A provision in the ACRE Act;
3. A rider to the House of Representatives' 2018 Farm Bill (H.R. 2).
These legislative initiatives won't help protect our waterways from toxic pesticides. Instead they would help the chemical industry maximize sales by allowing pesticide applicators to avoid legal responsibility for releasing pesticides into our waterways.
Help us prevent this toxic pollution in our waterways.
Call your Representative today! Let them know that you do not want the pesticides industry to be able to freely poison our waterways. Requiring Clean Water Act permitting for pesticides being released into waterways is important because it protects these waterways from unnecessary chemical pollution, helps track releases of pesticides into waterways and keeps the public informed about their use in our waterways.
Ask your Representative to stand up for public health, our rivers, and the environmental. Ask them to oppose any legislative attempt to exempt releases of pesticides to waterways from Clean Water Act permit requirements.
Together we can protect clean water for our families and our future.