The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new, separate regulation of pesticide use on top of longstanding regulations already prescribed by law. To stop the this new layer of regulation, Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has written new legislation that would exempt pesticides already regulated by law from being subject to redundant EPA permits.
Senator Mike Johanns, R-Neb., has signed on as a co-sponsor. "I find it astonishing that an agency under fire for being either ignorant about agriculture or downright anti-agriculture is pursuing regulations that clearly duplicate existing ones," Johanns said. "Redundant regulations amount to little more than additional costs, red tape, and roadblocks."
The bill's sponsors say the Roberts legislation is a reasonable solution to maintaining proper pesticide use while also protecting our farmers and ranchers from EPA overreach. The House of Representatives previously passed similar legislation, H.R. 872, with broad bipartisan support by a vote of 292 to 130.