01 Apr '11, 10pm

Anti-EPA House votes to let agribusiness dump pesticides in our water

The Tea Party Congress doesn't just hate EPA rules that protect against industry destroying our country with greenhouse-gas pollution, mercury, coal ash, and mountaintop removal. By a veto-proof margin, the U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to prohibit Clean Water Act limits on pesticide pollution of lakes, streams, and rivers. Lobbyists for industrial agriculture polluters cheered the 292-130 vote for H.R. 872, which "will amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and the Clean Water Act to clarify Congressional intent and eliminate the requirement for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits for applications of pesticides approved for use under FIFRA." The California agribusiness lobby Western Farmers Association praised the "practical, bipartisan example of eliminating government regulations that needlessly increase ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/pollution/2011-04-01-anti-epa-house-...

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